36 million people in the world are blind, and the majority lose their sight due to curable and preventable conditions. Millions more people worldwide are held back because they don’t live near eye health facilities or can’t access treatment. But how do you test and treat people who live in remote areas, where one eye doctor might serve a population of 2 million people and expensive, bulky eye equipment is hard to come by?
Dr Andrew Bastawrous, recipient of last year's Combined Royal Colleges Medal, CEO of Peek Vision and Associate Professor of International Eye Health at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, will tell the story of Peek Vision, which has developed a cost-effective portable smartphone eye camera and app to help identify people with eyesight problems and connect them to local health workers. Peek's smartphone-based technology also generates data which enables health care providers to supply cost-effective, targeted treatment, and Andrew will explain how the programme has grown from a PhD research project to an internationally-adopted national programme in just five years.
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