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Identify Eye Disease Early at Your Family Doctor’s Office

As an ophthalmologist, Michael D. Abramoff, M.D., had seen the consequences of diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and other age-related eye diseases — all leading causes of blindness in America. He had an idea: Could autonomous artificial intelligence — similar to the software in IBM’s robot, Watson — make a difference? ​

Abramoff, 58, a University of Iowa professor, developed a breakthrough AI system for performing eye exams on people with diabetes. Called LumineticsCore™ (formerly known as IDx-DR), the system can determine whether a test taker may have diabetic retinopathy or diabetic macular edema. “Diabetic retinopathy is a giant problem,” he says. “We know how to treat it, but only 15 percent of people with diabetes get yearly tests” from an eye doctor. ​