Peek Retina adapter brings eye exams to smartphones

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Peek Retina is a
smartphone adapter
that aims to bring eye
examinations anywhere
they’re needed, such as
remotely located
medical clinics that
don’t otherwise have
access to the necessary
hardware for performing
eye assessments. Peek
stands for Portable Eye
Examination Kit, and as
its name suggests the
adapter is entirely
portable — small
enough to fit in a
pocket along with the
smartphone to which it
will be attached,
offering both a retina
camera functionality
and an ophthalmoscope
while leveraging the
smartphone’s camera.

Peek Retina allows
medical workers to snap
pictures of patients’
eyes — including the
back of the eye — using
an ordinary
smartphone. The
process is shown in the
video below using a
Samsung Galaxy S3, for
example. With this,
clinics can diagnose
cataracts, glaucoma,
and other eye
conditions for
treatment.

Because the adapter
works with a
smartphone, the images
can be instantly saved
and then wirelessly
shared with specialists
located in other
regions.

According to
the makers, Peek Retina
has been tested for two
years in Kenya and
other regions in both
field and clinical trials.

The device is being
funded through
Indiegogo, where the
makers are seeking
£70,000 for
manufacturing and
other costs. Thus far
about about a third of
that has been raised.

A pledge of £60 can be
used to donate an
adapter to a medical
worker or to get one for
yourself. Shipping is
estimated for October
2015.

SOURCE: Indiegogo

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