The “Eyephone app”, a smartphone application which can detect eye diseases and disorders, could prove to be a boon in many countries. Used as part of an ophthalmological study and examination, carried out by technicians from the “Nakuru Eye Disease Cohort Study”, and led by Dr. Andrew Bastawrous of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the Android mobile application is being used to scan people’s eyes and optic nerves to detect eye diseases, including cataracts and glaucoma.

The technology is deceptively simple to use and costs a few hundred euros compared to a professional ophthalmoscope that costs tens of thousands of euros.  

The technology will revolutionalise access to eye treatment for millions of low-income people who are suffering from eye diseases.