Kenyan doctor introduces eye testing kit to benefit school kids
01 March 2016, 19:47
Nairobi – A Kenyan doctor has joined forces with a University in
Britain to develop an eye-testing kit using a mobile phone, reports Daily
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The mobile app called the Portable Eye Examination Kit (Peek) will
benefit close to 300 000 pupils across 400 schools.
Other counties that are set to benefit are 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 who
heads the group from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
The app was launched on Monday at Kilimani Primary School in
Nairobi where Peek was launched.
According to Dr. Rono the mobile app is 50 times cheaper than
buying eye-testing machines, said Dr Rono who also works at the Kitale District
Hospital Ophthalmologist Unit.
Once children are screened, they are referred to a hospital and
their parents and headteacher are informed of the diagnosis and treatment. The
records are compiled in a cloud-based data system.