An App that May Save Lives
It’s hard for doctors to do a thorough eye exam on infants. But a new smartphone app CRADLE takes advantage of parents’ fondness for snapping pictures of their children to look for signs that a child might be developing a serious eye disease. It uses artificial intelligence to find white eye, which can be a sign of several serious eye diseases such as retinoblastoma, pediatric cataracts, and Coats’ disease. Though the app cannot accurately detect every abnormality, and certainly should not be a substitute for an eye specialist visit, scientists expect the app will get more accurate as time goes on and its artificial intelligence gets smarter.