Easy eye tests possible by smartphone app

Published 29.11.2014 15:22
Updated 29.11.2014 15:25
Easy eye tests possible by smartphone app

Innovative smartphone app Peek is have just launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for a new adaptor which would allow health workers to carry out eye tests anywhere in the world.

According to Mashable's article, Peek Retina, can be clipped over the camera of a smartphone. Removing the need for ophthalmoscopes and eye clinics, it aims to allow health workers to see inside an eye and capture images to be transferred to experts.

Stating that around 39 million people are blind globally, Peek's creator Dr. Andrew Bastawrous told Mashable that "80% of this blindness is avoidable, but in many regions people don't have access to eye care."

Peek Retina was inspired by Bastawrous' frustration to carry bulky and expensive eye equipments to Kenya for a study while doing his PhD at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

The Indiegogo campaign was launched to make the kit operable for other smartphones, which currently works with Samsung S3 only. Contributors can buy the kit for themselves for $95 or pay for it to be used by a healthcare worker in Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness.

Peek is a smartphone app and low-cost adapter that aims to increase accessibility to professional eye examinations globally. It has been developed with the joint effort of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, the University of Strathclyde and the NHS Glasgow Centre for Ophthalmic Research.

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