Combined Royal Colleges lecture - How the Smartphone can provide eyecare for all

When and where

15 November 2018
Royal College of Physicians of London
11 St Andrews Place, Regent's Park, London NW1 4LE

Past event

Combined Royal Colleges lecture - How the Smartphone can provide eyecare for all

The RCP will be hosting a public lecture by the 2017 winner of the Royal Photographic Society Combined Royal Colleges Medal, Dr Bastawrous.

This collaborative lecture will focus on technical advances in eyecare which will transform people's lives all over the world in the restoration of their vision.

Thirty-six million people in the world are blind, and the majority lose their sight due to curable and preventable conditions.  Millions more 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, 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.

The lecture will commence at 6.30pm on 15 November 2018 and is priced at £3 for RPS members and £5 for non-RPS members

Image Credit: Peek Retina is a low-cost, portable smartphone ophthalmoscope that enables capture of retinal images from a dilated eye in any location. It is being used here in to capture images of a man’s eyes in Nakuru, Kenya. (© Mazda / Brandon Roots)