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    Keep Your Sight

    Vision screening is a weak link in vision care. Detection rates for glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, and diabetic macular edema are below 50%, while the cost of preventable blindness has soared 130% in five years.

    The problem: there is no low-cost, publically accessible screening infrastructure, said Marie Alexander, CEO of nonprofit Keep Your Sight. The organization was founded in 2011 to create a digital paradigm for open-source, online screening.

    Two tests are available, Peristat for visual field function and Macustat for macular function.

    “Screening costs less than $1 per patient,” Alexander explained. “This is a screening tool, not a diagnosis tool. Positive screens are sent to ophthalmologists for review and, if appropriate, the patient is advised to seek diagnosis as soon as possible. What we are trying to do is to deliver a group of high-risk, highly profitable patients because online screening has already eliminated those without vision problems and greatly reduced the false positive results that drive up the cost of diagnosis and treatment.”

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