There was always more to smartphones than just emails, social networking and a bunch of extremely addictive games and Dr. Andrew Bastawrous of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and his colleagues have proven so. Bastawrous and his team came up with a one-of-a-kind smartphone application that literally turns the device into an eye-scanner, giving people in remote areas access to eye-care. Called the Peek or Portable Eye Examination Kit, the application uses camera of the smartphone to scan the eye, with the flash being used to check for eye-disorders.
The application can be used to test color vision, visual acuity, visual field, and contrast sensitivity and can also be used or lens imaging, retinal imaging, and image grading. And that’s not all! The Peek application takes patient records and tags them via GPS. Currently, the application is being tested in Kenya and its results are being compared to conventional eye tests to check the accuracy of the Peek app. If all works as expected, this application could lead to less-expensive and more accessible eye-care around the world!
[Via - Psfk]