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The App that Could Prevent Blindness in Developing Countries

In remote parts of the world, impoverished communities often don’t have access to eye doctors with the sophisticated equipment needed to diagnose vision problems. But the makers of a new digital examination kit and app called Peek want to change. Because 80 percent of blindness is preventable, and 90 percent of those living with visual impairment live in low-income countries, the new techonology can literally help the blind see again. The smartphone app kit, which offers a cheap, portable solution to treating eye problems, uses a special add-on camera that can be used to examine a patient’s eye. The data is then shared with medical professional who can locate and treat the patients using Google Maps …

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