Many of Us Assist Others with Sight Loss, but Not Like This! Repost of TED Talk

This specialized Peek cellphone checks out eye conditions in poor communities in Africa and beyond.

A TED talk from October 2018 describes how a kid in Britain finally gave in to wearing eyeglasses and found trees had leaves and there were stars in the sky.

Many of us who live with impaired sight or blindness find that volunteering our time to help others with vision loss fulfils something in ourselves as well as assisting them. But not many of us do it on the scale of Dr. Andrew Bastawrous A British-Egyptian ophthalmologist who was that kid and later Decided to devote his skills to devising and delivering Eye care and treatment for the 1.1 billion people who don’t have access to eye glasses or treatment and who often live beyond the end of the road.

He went on to develop a cellphone system called Peek for testing eyes in impoverished communities across Africa.


explains the use and limitations of Peek Acuity for eye health practitioners who are exploring ways to assess vision remotely.

  • Proven to be as accurate as conventional vision tests in peer-reviewed research
  • Fast and easy to use with step-by-step tutorial
  • Accurate and repeatable results
  • Creates a visual representation of results for easy explanation to patients
  • Includes simulated representation that helps explain results to patients
  • Includes equivalents of “count fingers”, “hand movement” and “light perception”

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