As technology continues to advance within the medical industry, innovations are being developed to provide help to those who are normally thousands of miles from any clinic or hospital in developing countries. One such innovation is Peek Retina, a Portable Eye Examination Kit. The team behind the technology are currently crowdfunding to help fund the manufacture and distribution of the kit.
Peek Retina is essentially an adapter that can be placed over a smartphone camera allowing health workers to take photos of inside the eye, then save and send these photos to experts for diagnosis, allowing the health workers to then provide treatment to cure or prevent eye conditions or diseases.
The project is a collaboration between the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the University of Strathclyde and the NHS Glasgow Centre for Ophthalmic Research with the aim of developing all aspects of a comprehensive eye examination on a mobile platform.
As cited on the BBC, Dr Giardini, lecturer in the department of biomedical engineering at the University of Strathclyde, said: “The Peek Retina adapter is the most exciting thing my group has ever designed; it is incredibly simple and yet it will change the way we look at eyes.”
With around 80% of blind people losing their sight to preventable and treatable conditions, this project is one that is urgently needed.
To help the team with their funding efforts, please visit the Peek Retina page here.
To find out more about the Peek project, click here.