The good people at Peek Vision have developed an adaptor that fits over smartphone cameras and can inspect the health of people’s retinas. Combined with the Peek Retina app, vision care is no longer confined to doctors’ offices with giant ophthalmology machinery; quality care can now go wherever a smartphone can go. With 90 percent of visually-impaired people living in low-income to middle-income countries, this technology is a game changer.
In Guatemala, 70 percent of the population lives in rural areas, long ways away from busy cities where optical clinicians do their business. Many of these people do not have access to emergency care, let alone regular vision check-ups. Peek Vision hopes to change that by equipping medical staff all over, including emergency medical responders, with the ability to perform an eye exam in the time it takes to snap a few photos.
Vision tests using the English letter “E”, a simple and recognizable character, work wonderfully on the app. Also, using the Peek SightSim technology, users can see a side-by-side simulation of how the patient views the world vs. normal vision, which can assist in family members better understanding what impairments their loved ones are facing. All data collected is sent to off-site facilities for medical professionals to review, diagnose, and refer for further care, if necessary.
Peek Vision is also coming up with applications to test color blindness, reminding us that 1 in 10 men and 1 in 20 women are afflicted. Just recently, Peek Retina won a 2015 INDEX Award in the Body Category, recognizing how essential this innovation is for those without access to quality health care.
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