Kerala girl, 11, develops AI app to detect eye diseases with nearly '70% accuracy'

Mar 28, 2023 08:11 AM IST

Leena Rafeeq spent six months in research and development to create Ogler EyeScan.

An 11-year-old Dubai-based Malayali girl has developed an artificial intelligence based application that she claims can detect various eye diseases and conditions. Leena Rafeeq took to LinkedIn to announce her unique creation that uses a scanning process via an iPhone. Named ‘Ogler EyeScan’, the app was developed when Leena was 10 years old.

11-year-old Leena Rafeeq. (LinkedIn)
11-year-old Leena Rafeeq. (LinkedIn)

She shared that the app is currently under review in Apple’s app store and is hopeful that it’ll be approved soon.

Posting a video that demonstrated the working of her app, it showed the Ogler EyeScan identifying conditions likeArcus, Melanoma, Pterygium, and Cataract with the help of trained models. Leena claimed that the app can ‘analyse parameters like light and color intensity, distance, and look-up points to locate the eyes within the frame range’ by utilising advanced computer vision, and machine learning algorithms. It also identifies any light burst issues and if the eyes are positioned exactly inside the scanner frame, she added.

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Revealing more details about her innovation, Leena said that it was created natively with SwiftUI without any third-party libraries or packages after six months of research and development.

In the process of development, the self-taught coder said that she gained more knowledge about ‘eye conditions, computer vision, algorithms, machine learning models, and advanced levels of Apple iOS development, including sensors data, AR, CreateML, CoreML’. The app is currently only supported in iPhone 10 and above with iOS 16+.

Netizens took to the comment section to laud Leena for her achievement at such a young age. One user noted that it is a great example of reducing equity health using AI. To users who enquired about the app’s accuracy, Leena said that it is nearly 70 per cent at the moment. She, however, shared the difficulties faced with ‘glare and burst from lights caused by the distance required for capturing scans’. To resolve this problem, metrics and detection for light-related issues are being deployed to enable users to retake the scan. She also revealed an update will be announced after the app store accepts the Ogler EyeScan.

Leena's younger sister Hana had earlier gone viral for becoming the youngest iOS app developer at age 9 by developing a storytelling app. The feat even caught the attention of Apple CEO Tim Cook.


    Multimedia journalist with Hindustan Times. Covers India, world, business and tech news with a keen eye for human-interest stories rooted in gender and culture.

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