Patient views highlight potential for Peek smartphone suite to transform eye health
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
The Portable Eye Examination Kit (Peek) has real-world potential to transform global eye health, according to new research from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Amref Health Africa in Kenya.
Patients, healthcare providers and stakeholders in ophthalmic service provision have given a positive evaluation of Peek in a parallel study to the Nakuru Eye Disease Cohort Study, funded by The British Council for the Prevention of Blindness, Fight for Sight, the Medical Research Council, and the International Glaucoma Association.
An estimated 285 million people worldwide are visually impaired, of whom 39 million are blind. Up to 80% of blindness and visual impairment is avoidable but a lack of trained specialists and the high cost of buying and transporting the right equipment is a major challenge.
This is especially true in rural areas and in the low-income nations of Africa and Asia that share the largest proportion of the burden.