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US approves artificial-intelligence device for diabetic eye problems

WASHINGTON: US regulators have approved the first device that uses artificial intelligence to detect eye damage from diabetes, allowing regular doctors to diagnose the condition without interpreting any data or images. The device, called IDx-DR, can diagnose a condition called diabetic retinopathy, the most common cause of vision loss among the more than 30 million Americans living with diabetes. Its software uses an artificial intelligence algorithm to analyze images of the eye, taken with a retinal camera called the…

Sleep apnea linked to worsening diabetic eye disease

LONDON: People with both sleep apnea and type 2 diabetes have more than double the risk of worsening retina disease compared to diabetics without the sleep breathing disorder, a UK study suggests. Researchers followed adults with type 2 diabetes over about four years and found that for those with milder eye disease at the start, having sleep apnea was linked to higher odds that it would become more advanced. At the outset of the study, they also found that advanced “sight-threatening diabetic retinopathy” was already…