Diabetics Using Smarts Of AI To Help Protect Their Eyes

Ian Bush
April 14, 2018 - 10:00 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Artifical intelligence is providing new safeguards for diabetics to protect their eyes. 

It's called IDx-DR. No clinicians needed: artificial intelligence analyzes digital images of a patient's retinas to detect diabetic retinopathy.

The condition is the most common cause of vision loss among the tens of millions who have diabetes: high levels of blood sugar can damage eye tissue. Early detection is critical. But only about half of diabetics regularly see an eye doctor.

This software can be used by primary care physicians, nurses, and other providers who don't specialize in opthamology.

IDx-DR is being fast-tracked to market thanks to the 'breakthrough device' designation awarded by the Food and Drug Administration.