Thursday, 12 February 2015

Peek Smartphone App Allows Eye Testing Anywhere in the World

An app that can change your vision. Peek (Portable Eye Examination Kit) comprises a smartphone app and low-cost adaptor that enables professional eye examinations anywhere in the world. Developed by a team of eye care specialists, software developers and product designers, it aims to increase access to high-quality eye care worldwide.

"Over 40 million people suffer from visual impairment in third world countries. While four out of five of these cases can be treated, there are not enough ophthalmologists to identify the problem. The 'Peek' app can revolutionise eye testing as it takes high resolution images at a very low cost," said Dr Mario Giardini from the University of Strathclyde. 

"Currently the app has been rolled out at schools in Kenya where masses are tested for cataract and glaucoma. We have plans of launching it in two locations in India, one in Hyderabad, and the other location is yet to be finalised," said medical expert, who was a part of the UK-India workshop on affordable medical diagnostics and devices.

"Another feature of the app is geo-tagging. The phone's GPS can be used to mark the location of someone the team has examined, so they can follow it up later," said the expert. All the data can be compiled into a patient record and sent wirelessly to a doctor.  However 'Peek' can supplement eye testing, it can never replace a doctor. 

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