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1. Which smartphones will it work with?

Peek Retina – the adapter – fits over the top of the in-built camera on a smart phone. The intention is for it to be as wide spread as possible and work across all devices. Common models such as the Apple iPhone, Samsung, HTC and Sony should all be fine. There may be some very unusually shaped devices that would not be compatible, such as phones with very protruding camera optics. We will list these if we identify them. The iPhone 6 should be fine despite it having a small protruding lens.

 

2. Which operating systems will it need?

The Peek mobile app will work with Android and iOS initially. The aim is to make Peek available across as many platforms as possible in future, including Windows, Blackberry and others according to demand.

 

3. How has it been validated?

As a founding team of ophthalmologists, researchers, software and hardware engineers, our entire focus is on quality, reliability and usability.

Before we release any tests for general use, they are rigorously verified with academic research in the field as well as formal clinical trials to ensure we meet the high standards required for a clinical device. We work with leading research institutes in the UK and have field research teams based in Kenya, Botswana, Tanzania, Mali and India, with more joining the collaboration soon.

 

4. Is it regulated or certified by official bodies?

Peek has patents pending and has been designed for triage and diagnostic use globally. Although using Peek is not an intrusive procedure, each country has different regulations and it takes both time and money to acquire the relevant approvals.

We are in the process of being certified for use within the European Union (CE Class 1) and all countries that follow guidelines of the UK Government’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). Work toward the USA’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval and certification is in progress.

 

5. How does it work with existing healthcare systems?

It is intended for use as an integral part of existing healthcare systems, rather than as a replacement.

It should better support the work of eye care specialists by enabling them to focus more on their specialist areas of diagnosis, surgery and treatment rather than spend time on basic data collection.

The aim is to keep the software architecture open, so that it is able to integrate with existing systems that clinics have already invested in, rather than requiring any additional investment or development.

 

6. How do I get it? How much does it cost?

Pre-orders are now closed on our Indiegogo page. For now we are accepting expressions of interest until sales open. Please contact us with your details and enquiry, and we will add you to our contact list.

The mobile app to view the back of the eye and carry out other eye tests will be made available for free. Our aim is to make the software open-source and develop a community to help bring professional eye-care to countries that would not otherwise have it.

We are also collecting a list of clinics and details of individual health workers in regions that are desperately in need of quality eye care. If you’d like to support them by pledging funds so that Peek Retina can be distributed to clinics in need around the world, let us know.

 

7. Can I use it to self-test my own eyes?

For now it is intended as a device for healthcare workers to use with their patients.

We may release some of the individual tests in future if they prove to be suitable for self-testing purposes. For example, we are currently trialling self-test versions of the visual acuity and colour-blindness exams.

 

8. Do you need dilating drops to see the back of the eye?

Dilating drops are not necessary, however a wider field of view is possible when pupils are dilated. The field of view is equivalent to current leading wide field ophthalmoscopes.

Lighting conditions will affect your ability to get a clear view. It is recommended that testing be performed in low light wherever possible.

 

9. Does it work for children?

The tests have been designed to be simple and visual. They do not require verbal reasoning, which means they can work for very young children. We are currently testing the app to see how young is suitable.

The Peek team is currently running clinical tests for a new range of child-specific eye care applications for very young children and potentially babies. More on this soon.

 

10. Can I help test it in my clinic?

We will be looking for people to give feedback on an ongoing basis to help us improve the mobile app and individual tests. If you’d like to get involved, please get in touch with us.

 

11. Can I use it in research?

The team is very keen to see Peek used and tested in multiple settings and to hear about projects it is helping. If you work on behalf of a research institute please provide us with more details so we know how best to help. Please get in touch here.

 

12. How else can I get involved?

Whether you are an individual, NGO, other potential distribution partner or investor, there are many ways to get involved and opportunities to work together. Contact us here.

 

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The Peek Vision Foundation (09919543) is a registered charity in England & Wales (1165960) with a wholly owned trading subsidiary, Peek Vision Ltd (09937174).

Peek, Peek Acuity and Peek Retina are trading names of Peek Vision Ltd.