Study evaluates efficacy of smartphone eye exam

A smartphone app that provides a portable eye exam is being tested in a large cohort study in Kenya comparing its effectiveness to conventional tools. The Portable Eye Examination Kit (PEEK), developed in coordination with the International Centre for Eye Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, is a smart-phone based system designed for comprehensive eye examinations in developing countries and remote environments.

The app utilizes a camera, LED flash and display to test multiple aspects of the eye exam including visual acuity, visual field, and color vision, among others, and patient details are also recorded and tagged using GPS. PEEK is still being updated based on real-world testing and is currently not available for download for general use. Article