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Pocket optician -- an app to test your eyes anywhere in the world

In a ground-breaking innovation that could help prevent blindness in millions across the world, scientists have developed an app that allows eye tests anywhere.

eye testsIn a ground-breaking innovation that could help prevent blindness in millions across the world, scientists have developed an app that allows eye tests anywhere.

Aptly named 'pocket optician', the app allows a person without any training to carry out eye tests. Read more about why you should visit an eye doctor regularly.

All that one needs to do is download the Portable Eye Examination Kit (Peek), developed by scientists at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine on your smart phone.

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To test the vision, the app shows letters of decreasing size.

It also shines light into the eye and takes pictures of the retina.

The results can then be saved on the phone and emailed to a doctor of your choice who would analyse the findings and offer treatment.

'We think we've redefined simplicity with our range of phone and tablet based visual acuity tests,' a spokesman for Peek was quoted as saying.

The app is currently being tested on 5,000 people in Kenya.

Other healthcare apps

Here are some other apps that have caught our eye:

1. Bellabeat

This app helps connect expectant mothers with their unborn babies like never before. It helps mothers listen to their baby's heartbeats and record their feelings using a foetal heart rate monitor. Not only this, it also helps track the number of times the baby kicks and tracks the progress of the foetus. Read more about Bellabeat.

2. A gaming app that reduces anxiety

Based on attention-bias modification training (ABMT), this gamin app helps reduce anxiety by asking users to ignore a threatening stimulus (for e.g. an angry face) and pay attention to a non-threatening stimulus (for e.g. a happy or a neutral face). Read more about the app.

With inputs from IANS

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