Nothing is more important and satisfying than giving a responsible and humane use of technology. And this is precisely what a team of volunteer technicians, ophthalmologists and doctors have achieved who have worked passionately to create Peek, an App that can turn an ordinary Smartphone into an ophthalmologist tool portable, cheap and accessible all over the planet.
Peek is an application for mobile devices that started last year as a successful Indegogo campaign and successfully financed the development of the product. Through Peek and a series of small lenses that are attached to the camera of any traditional Android or iOS cell phone, a health professional or even a villager can perform eye exams in vulnerable areas where you do not always have access to the necessary medical equipment to perform these types of exams.
Using Peek, the doctor can inspect the condition of the patient’s eye, take photos, record video or even video conference with a specialist on the other side of the world and show the patient’s eye in real time to get a second opinion. All this at a fraction of the price that would have to be invested to buy the necessary medical equipment for a traditional ophthalmology office.
Thanks to its advantages and its low cost (up to 50 times less than specialized medical devices), Peek has managed to bring visual health to some remote parts of the world like Kenya, where early diagnosis can save many villagers from blindness due to easily curable visual problems.
At this time, and due to the fact that the financing campaign has closed, no more Peek licenses are being sold, but the medical team has announced that the application will soon be made available free of charge to everyone, having to buy only the attachable lenses to make close-ups to the eyes.