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Pearse Keane speaks to The Irish Times about eye scan breakthrough

The Irish Times profile Moorfields Private consultant’s impressive research career

6 February 2019
Pearse Keane, consultant ophthalmologist

Pearse Keane, consultant ophthalmologist at Moorfields Private, was recently interviewed by The Irish Times about his impressive research career and a “lightbulb moment” that led to the ground-breaking research collaboration between Moorfields Eye Hospital and DeepMind Health – a world leader in artificial intelligence technology.

Pearse specialises in the treatment of retinal diseases, including age-related macular degeneration (AMD). His research looks at how emerging technologies can be used to solve healthcare problems and improve patient care.

Speaking to the Irish Times, Pearse said: “I like to identify exciting new technologies – such as virtual reality, artificial intelligence, or smartphone digital technologies – and consider possible medical applications.”

In August 2018, Pearse and teams at Moorfields, DeepMind and UCL announced they had developed a game changing artificial intelligence system that could one day help eye care professionals to spot conditions earlier.

Pearse added: “This [technology] could confer huge benefits for patients because all the evidence suggests that early detection and diagnosis of eye disease allows earlier treatment that can prevent people from going blind.”

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