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Damaged retinal cells can be replaced. But there’s more than meets the eye.

A university research team from Bonn has been using images photographed through the pupil to detect early signs of atherosclerosis.

An AI was first fed 80,000 images of a disease that attacks the eye vessels as training in logical analytics. Next the system analysed 97 eye photos of men and women with peripheral arterial disease.

It compared them with 34 images of healthy people, paying particular attention to large vessels in the eye.

The AI’s forecasts were 80% accurate – despite over 50% of those affected not yet displaying symptoms such as pain or difficulty walking.

Eyes can also help detect diabetes.

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