Mobile application to cater for people with vision problems

21 10 2013

Only with own a Smartphone hardware, Peek allows physicians to perform visual acuity test, distinction of colours, depth of field and contrast sensitivity. In addition, makes it possible to examine cataract and cornea.

Developed by scientists at the International Centre for eye health, of United Kingdom, Peek (Portable Visual examination) It is a mobile application that works with a smartphone hardware.

According to statistics, estimated by the World Health Organization (WHO) in June of 2012, 285 millions of people in the world are blind or have certain limitations in vision. However, four of every five cases are preventable.

But the 90% those affected come from emerging countries developing and do not have the economic tools to access an ophthalmologist.

In search of a solution, the developers created the application to access remote areas and reduce the inequality gap. In this sense, Peek allows physicians to perform visual acuity test, distinction of colours, depth of field and contrast sensitivity, primarily designed for patients who live away from the specialized centers. In addition, makes it possible to examine cataract and cornea.

It is interesting to note that the application of portable visual examination uses a smart cell phone resources. The camera makes it possible to take pictures that will be then judged in London, a variable-size letter appears on the screen and is used to check the vision, and phone flash illuminates the bottom of the eye and the retina to rule out diseases. In synthesis: low-cost technology, as the value of the equipment does not exceed the 500 $.

Like this, recruited data are recorded on cards that are customized according to each patient. This information, at the same time, It can be Geolocated and consulted by professionals from other regions.

Currently, a research team led by the ophthalmologist Andrew Bastawrous, the Faculty of the London School of Tropical Medicine and hygiene, It is conducting a pilot test in Kenya and Antarctica.

"The patients who need it most never will reach a hospital because they are out of reach. They do not have income to pay for transportation, "so we need a way of reaching them", told the BBC Bastawrous. And then, in reference to the procedure of consultations, added: "We can do using these techniques is to go to the House of patients, to examine them and give them an immediate diagnosis at the gates of their homes".

For its part, Peter Ackland, the International Agency for prevention of blindness, said: "Peek is a tool with a huge potential to change the game."Source: Peek Vision and BBC

 

 

 

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