Of the estimated 285 million people who are visually impaired around the world, 90 percent live in low-income settings, while 80 percent of cases could be cured or prevented, according to the World Health Organization.
PEEK Vision is an app and clip-on device that can transform any smartphone into a mobile eye clinic. The PEEK examination kit consists of an easy-to-use eye examination app and a 3D-printed hardware adapter that clips onto a smartphone camera and allows screeners to see inside the eye and detect cataracts, glaucoma and other issues.
Once an eye problem is detected, the patient (or their guardian) is notified of the problem via SMS and their contact information and GPS data is stored.
In its first trial, PEEK Vision helped to screen 21,000 students in Kenya in nine days. Screening programs are now being organized for 300,000 more children in the same area of Kenya with similar programs beginning in Botswana, Tanzania and India.