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“The whole world came into focus. I saw leaves for the first time, I’d never seen the stars and I quickly went from the bottom of my class to doing very well,” said Andrew, describing the first time he put on glasses, when he was 12 years old.
Andrew was born to Egyptian parents, and that’s one of the reasons that drove him to improve the lives of African blind people.
“I became very aware that if I had been born somewhere else, something as simple as a pair of glasses wouldn’t have been available to me,” the inventor explained.
The PEEK vision app essentially works by transforming any smartphone into a mobile eye clinic. It consists of an easy-to-use eye examination app and a 3D-printed hardware adapter that clips onto a smartphone camera and allows screeners to see inside the eye and detect cataracts, glaucoma and other issues. The app also allows the patient to be tracked. Once an eye problem is detected, the patient (or their guardian) is notified of the problem via SMS and their contact information and GPS data is stored. It is an alternative for patients from developing countries who don't have easy access to doctors, hospital and technology.
PEEK is already being tested, and is a low cost alternative which can improve the lives of many.
“I set up 100 eye clinics and most were in places where there were no roads, no electricity and no water. And in the remote places we’d get the biggest lines with hundreds of people waiting for us. I realized I could set up clinics every day for the rest of my life and I would barely scratch the surface of the problem,” he expressed.
He believes he can prevent blindness in most cases, by doing an accurate diagnosis thanks to the invention.
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