One in ten school children have an eyesight problem. Treating eye health and vision in childhood transforms individuals. The positive social, educational and economic benefits can last a lifetime.
Peek school screening uses Peek Acuity vision check app to screen children for vision problems at school. Information on children requiring further examination is automatically sent to a local eye care professional who can provide treatment (e.g. glasses, eye drops) or refer them on for specialist care.
Parents of the children receive automated SMS (text) messages or voice messages in their local language notifying them of the result of the screening. The head teacher or contact person for the school also receives an SMS list of the children in their school who require further support and reminders to those who have not yet received it.
Peek Acuity generates simulations to help parents and teachers understand the child’s visual world. Programme managers can use the programme dashboard to view reports and live statistics, including numbers screened, referred and treated.
To date Peek school screening has been used with partners in Kenya, Botswana and India. It has been validated in peer-reviewed research. We are now extending the programme to new countries and regions, working with local partners and governments.
36 million people worldwide are blind. Four in five of them could keep their sight with simple surgery or treatment. Millions more can't see clearly, yet need no more than a simple pair of glasses. We won't stop until everyone has been linked to the treatment and services they need.