Microsoft India in association with L V Prasad Eye Institute, one of the top not-for-profit, non-government eye care institution in India, has launched the Microsoft Intelligent Network for Eyecare (MINE) to address critical eye diseases.

“We are confident that this partnership will not only open doors to opportunities in the field of eyecare, but also pave way for others to leverage technology to address several other critical eye diseases,” said Dr G N Rao, founder of L V Prasad Eye Institute, while speaking on the partnership.

Under the partnership, an association will be formed with institutions like Bascom Palmer (University of Miami), Flaum Eye Institute (University of Rochester USA), Federal University of Sao Paulo (Brazil) and Brien Holden Vision Institute (Australia).

“This is a mission-driven global consortium of like-minded commercial, research and academic institutions who have joined hands to apply artificial intelligence to help in the elimination of avoidable blindness and scale delivery of eyecare services worldwide,” a joint statement said.

The institutions will collaborate and collectively work on diverse datasets of patients across geographies to come up with machine learning predictive models for vision impairment and eye disease.

“This will include the rate of change of myopia in children, conditions that impact children’s eyesight, predictive outcomes of refractive surgery, optimal surgery parameters as well as ways to personalise a surgery and maximise its probability of success,” the statement said.

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