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Dr David Squirrell, ophthalmologist and researcher based in Auckland, New Zealand and co-founder of Toku Eyes, about his team’s journey towards an AI-assisted diabetic retinopathy screening.

By 2040, it is estimated that 224 million people worldwide will have some form of diabetic retinopathy. Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in adults of working age. In New Zealand, although there has been a diabetic eye screening program for the past 12 years, around 40% of diabetic patients are still not being screened for diabetic retinopathy. “This means that patients with diabetes are losing sight unnecessarily which has both a human and societal cost,” explained Dr David Squirrell.

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