1 March 2016

Kenyan Medic Behind New Kit for Eye Test

A Kenyan doctor has partnered with a British university to develop an eye test kit using a mobile phone.

The Portable Eye Examination Kit (Peek) is a mobile app downloaded in a smartphone and will be used to screen nearly 300,000 pupils in 400 schools in Trans Nzoia County in the next three years.

The brains behind it are Dr Hillary Rono and a team at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Other counties lined up to benefit include Uasin Gishu, Nandi, Elgeyo Marakwet, West Pokot and Narok.

"This app uses smartphone technology to carry out various eye tests including visual acuity, colour vision as well as lens and retina imaging. We have used it over the last year in Trans Nzoia," said Dr Rono on Monday at Kilimani Primary School, Nairobi where Peek was launched.

After a child is screened, they are referred to a hospital and both the parent and headteacher are informed of the diagnosis and treatment. The records are compiled in a Cloud-based data system.

The use of this mobile app is 50 times cheaper than buying the eye testing machines, said Dr Rono from the Kitale District Hospital Opthalmologist Unit.


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