App replaces doctors’ equipment, enables eye tests anywhere

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Consumers have replaced a number of devices — mp3 players, digital cameras, handheld games consoles — with their smartphones, so it seems possible that the handsets could even replace expensive medical equipment. The Peek Vision app just might be proving that point, enabling roving doctors to give patients a full eye exam using their smartphones. Developed by members of the International Centre for Eye Health — a research group based at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine — the app leverages the existing functionalities of today's smartphones to allow doctors in rural or low-income areas to deliver eye…

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