The people who most urgently need access to eye care are often the most difficult to locate. When eyesight problems affect an individual’s ability to leave their home or care for themselves, they risk becoming almost invisible to health services.
Peek community screening captures information about people in the community with eyesight problems. The information is automatically sent to a local clinic for more detailed assessment. Those needing urgent care are referred to the right place quickly, and those who can be managed locally are given the advice and treatment they need.
This reduces the burden on busy hospitals and it ensures that people in the community who might never have previously received eye healthcare start to access services. Patients and their families or other key contacts receive automated SMS (text) messages or voice messages in their local language notifying them of the result of the screening tests and clinic visits.
The hospital receives notifications of expected patients and where they are coming from to help plan service provision, monitor attendance, follow-up with non-attenders or arrange outreach. Programme managers can use the programme dashboard to view reports and live statistics, including numbers screened, referred and treated, as well the outcome of treatment once the patient has returned home.
“When you meet people and you can solve their problem, it’s a great feeling - it is not just my joy, but the joy of the patient. And when you share their joy then that is double joy.”
Ophthalmologist and Peek Kenya Country Manager