IRIS: How It Works

An IRIS retina test takes only a few minutes to complete. Patients can be screened right in their primary care physician’s office.

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IRIS is the only screening service run and supervised by retina specialists, giving patients and physicians unprecedented access to the highest quality retinal care available.


IRIS provides a fully automated non-mydriatic fundus camera that requires minimal training at a very affordable price point. IRIS also provides comprehensive system training and installation services that ensure a successful program for your patients.

Enhancement Technology

IRIS service quickly enhances the contrast of the image without changing its geometry with better visualization of small objects resulting in higher sensitivity, driving down cost.

Quick Detection and Human Screening

IRIS technology quickly detects potential abnormalities—indicating location, size and type of pathology and presenting the results via a web-based platform to a highly-skilled human screener in the IRIS network.

Using a suite of pattern-matching detection algorithms, IRIS highlights these findings for extra attention by the screener, increasing human performance in a highly complex and critical application. Current sensitivity rates are 97% and algorithms are continuously being refined to increase their performance.

Tele-Medicine Grading & Reporting

IRIS uses a simple and powerful web-based platform that requires only an internet connection and no software expertise. The IRIS integrated grading module follows the AAO classification criteria, allowing real-time reading and classification of the image. The functions include: Ability to add comments, ability to remotely interact with a specialist, production and printing of a report, interfacing with EMR, secure access management, multiple accounts and multi-user-graders.

The platform also allows any healthcare professional to generate a detailed patient report that can then be printed or e-mailed for easy referral to a specialist. Report includes:

  • Client information
  • Normal image vs Enhanced image
  • IRIS findings & conclusions
  • Grader findings & conclusions

A copy of the report is then given to the patient and emailed to the primary care doctor for his record keeping. The physician is then provided a helpful referral to a board certified retina specialist in the region

IRIS Screenings in Primary Care

  • Physicians prescribe a simple yet important IRIS screening to diabetic patients during their normal visit.
  • The patient sits down in front of a retinal imaging camera.
  • A low-level staff member administers the quick and painless eye screening using a camera that automates the entire process. This advanced camera scans the retina and creates digital images with no dilation or drops in most cases. Most patients are screened in less than 15 minutes.
  • These high-quality images are quickly enhanced and sent instantly to a screening specialist using the latest online technology and secure cloud computing. IRIS technology rapidly detects and screens for potential pathology and indicates any areas of concern for the screening specialist to review.
  • The quality images are read and graded by certified retinal screeners.
  • An easy-to-understand report is returned via email to the healthcare provider. These reports integrate with EMR systems and include: 1) a comparison of normal retinal images and the enhanced images, 2) findings and conclusions generated by IRIS and 3) clear recommendations for continuing care if potential pathology exists.
  • If a problem is detected, a referral is made to a highly qualified retina specialist in the IRIS network if there are any areas of concern or indications of eye disease.

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