Improving global eye health: Smartphone tools enabling large-scale eye health programmes in low-resource settings.
Peek Vision develops technology to enable eye health providers in low- and middle-income countries improve their services. Peek systems provide data and insights which enable health services to optimise their programmes and deploy limited resources more effectively, resulting in better eye health for the millions of people worldwide who need it.
The Peek system includes smartphone-based vision screening (with the Peek Acuity vision check application integrated), real-time data reporting, eye health service analytics, programme design, and RAAB eye health surveys. These systems provide data and insights enabling health services to optimise their programmes and deploy limited resources more effectively.
Background to Peek
The idea for Peek was originally developed by project leader Andrew Bastawrous during the planning of an ICEH study into posterior segment eye disease in rural Kenya. The logistical headaches of getting state of the art hospital-based equipment to 100 different locations throughout Nakuru County provided the motivation to search for a better way.
The earliest versions of Peek were prototyped by Andrew whilst he was working in the NHS (2010). In 2011 he joined the School and the Peek project began as a collaboration led by ICEH/LSHTM with several initial partners including the University of Strathclyde and the Glasgow Centre for Ophthalmic Research. The Commonwealth Eye Health Consortium (CEHC), an integrated, five-year programme of fellowships, research and technology funded by the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust and co-ordinated by ICEH, assisted in fully realising Peek through extensive development, validation studies and clinical trials and supporting Peek’s spin out to ensure its products and services became widely available around the world.
Find out more and support Peek
- Find out more on the Peek Vision website
- Find out more about ICEH research into posterior segment eye disease in Kenya
Image credit: Vision testing in Kenya with Peek. © Peek