Suðurnes Clinic Introduces AI-Powered Eye Screening

eye scanning in a suðurnes health clinic

The Suðurnes Hospital and Health Center has introduced machine-learning based screening for eye diseases caused by diabetes. It is the first of all Icelandic health clinics to offer such screenings.

Powered by an Icelandic startup

The screening uses a special camera powered by machine learning, developed by Icelandic tech startup Risk Medical Solutions (RMS). Established in 2009 by Professor Einar Stefánsson, Dr. Arna Guðmundsdóttir, and Professor Thor Aspelund, their flagship product is RetinaRisk, a suite of AI-trained cameras, an app, and custom APIs that can accurately predict the risk of sight-threatening eye diseases in patients.

According to RMS, diabetic eye disease is a leading cause of blindness worldwide. When detected early, however, it can be prevented in 90% of cases.

Inaugural screening well-attended

The inaugural AI-assisted eye scan was conducted on Friday, April 26. The screening was also attended by Minister of Health Willum Þór Þórsson, representatives from RMS, and delegates from the local Lions Club of Njarðvík, which provided a grant to assist in purchasing the system.

Minister of Health Willum Þór Þórsson stated:

“This innovation enables the important monitoring of eye health for people with diabetes in a simple and effective manner. Regular screening allows for timely intervention when necessary. Innovation in healthcare services involving artificial intelligence is extremely exciting, and we undoubtedly expect to see significant progress in this area in the near future.”

Can save time, resources

Damage to the retina is a common complication from diabetes, and it is essential to monitor the progression of retinal conditions to prevent vision impairment or blindness caused by the disease.

Such AI-assisted cameras can facilitate this monitoring, and by using it for screening, RMS state that unnecessary visits to eye specialists are also avoided, saving both time and resources.

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