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New smart phone facilitates eye testing to specialists via app worldwide

LONDON: The team behind a smart phone-based portable eye examination kit has just launched a crowd funding campaign to raise money for new innovation.

Peek comprises a smart phone app and low-cost adaptor that enables professional eye examinations anywhere in the world. Developed by a team of eye care specialists, software developers and product designers, it aims to increase access to high-quality eye care worldwide.

The tools have been developed through collaboration between the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, the University of Strathclyde and the NHS Glasgow Centre for Ophthalmic Research.

Their latest adaptor, Peek Retina, can be clipped over the camera of a smart phone to allow health workers to see inside an eye and capture high-quality images to be sent to experts for diagnosis. It removes the need for traditional ophthalmoscopes and bulky cameras, enabling examinations in any part of the world. Other conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure can be detected.