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The family of former high-flying Adelaide Crows footballer Tony Modra is aiming at a special goal, to protect premature babies from losing their sight.

Babies currently endure invasive eye exams to check for retinopathy of prematurity, but a new machine will slash the number of these procedures they will need to go though.

Doctors say that when the condition is detected, there is only a small window of opportunity for it to be treated before it can lead to blindness.

“Having a valuable tool like a Retcam will help with early diagnosis, to monitor the disease well, and to help make decisions to intervene,” said paediatric ophthalmologist Dr Deepa Taranath.

If you would like to donate to help buy one of these machines, visit the Modra Family's Retcam Appeal.