Moorfields' AI model tackles global blindness

Researchers at Moorfields Eye Hospital and UCL Institute of Ophthalmology (IoO) have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system to identify sight-threatening eye diseases. 

RETFound, which could also predict conditions such as heart attacks, strokes and Parkinson’s disease, was developed using millions of eye scans from the NHS. 

The open-source system, available to use by any institution worldwide, was intended to act as a cornerstone for global efforts to detect and treat blindness using AI. 

Professor Pearse Keane, senior author of the study, described RETFound as a ‘big step towards’ using AI to reinvent the eye examination for the 21st century. 



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