In the future, your next eye exam may just happen right from a smartphone. We have previously mentioned the Portable Eye Examination Kit, or ‘Peek’; a device that could make that future a reality. The team previously worked on a suite of apps to help with examining the eye with a mobile phone and recently have turned their attention at improving the equipment used to do so. The device is a clip-on camera adapter for your phone that allows it to become a low cost ophthalmoscope and retinal camera.
‘Four out of five people who are blind, don’t need to be blind,’ states Dr Bastawrous, while explaining that many people in remote locations lack basic access to eye care that would help preserve their vision.
The group working on the project are working with Médecins Sans Frontières and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness to use the device in the field and helping remote communities.
To help make the project a reality, the team have turned to crowd-sourcing to help fund the industrial design and manufacture of the device. For £60 you can choose to buy a Peek for yourself or to give one to a charitable project. Either way, you can help make the future of eye care a reality.
Crowdsourcing campaign: http://www.supportpeek.com
TED Talk: http://youtu.be/xPTmHKlH7s4