LONDON —A simple eye test that measures the veins and arteries in the retina can predict death from cardiovascular disease, a new study reveals.
The test combines artificial intelligence (AI) with scans of the retina, a membrane at the back of the eyes that contains light sensitive cells. The technique could lead to a screening program, allowing doctors to prescribe drugs and lifestyle changes decades before heart disease symptoms emerge.
Lead author Professor Alicja Regina Rudnicka from St. George’s University of London says this test is inexpensive, accessible, and non-invasive. People at risk of stroke, heart attack, and other circulatory conditions could undergo RV (artificial intelligence enabled retinal vasculometry) during routine visits to their optometrist.
“AI-enabled vasculometry risk prediction is fully automated, low cost, non-invasive and has the potential for…