Andrew Bastawrous

Eye surgeon, inventor
Andrew Bastawrous studies eye health — and builds accessible new tools to bring eye health to more people. He is a 2014 TED Fellow.

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Andrew Bastawrous is a Kenya-based ophthalmologist who co-founded PEEK, a low-cost smartphone ophthalmic tool. PEEK was built to deliver eye care in some of the world's most challenging places, to those who need it most. Bastawrous is a research fellow at the International Centre for Eye Health.

Andrew has worked in Sierra Leone, Peru, Belize, Sri Lanka, Madagascar and Uganda and is based in Kenya working on the collaborative development and testing of Peek. In 2011, Andrew was awarded a Medical Research Council (MRC) and Fight for Sight Fellowship to undertake the first longitudinal population-based study (follow-up study) of eye disease in Africa and the challenges he faced inspired the idea of a smartphone-based ophthalmic tool. He has published some 25 peer-reviewed articles focusing on international eye health and mobile technology in healthcare and has co-authored four book chapters. Andrew was awarded the MRC Max Perutz Science writing Award in 2012 and is a TED Fellow.

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Eye phone: How a TED Fellow’s new app could help restore sight to millions

December 19, 2014

Around 39 million people in the world are affected by blindness — 80% of which could be avoided if people had timely access to diagnosis and proper treatment. The problem is that in many developing countries, most eye care providers are in cities, while the majority of patients live in hard-to-reach rural areas. To bridge this gap, London-based opthalmologist Andrew Bastawrous created Peek — an app […]

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Mazda names four TED Fellows “Rebels with a Cause.” Psst: One of their new projects will get funded based on your vote

October 8, 2014

Andrew Bastawrous dreams of a bakery in Nakuru, Kenya, that will not only make delicious treats but raise money for subsidized vision care. Robert Simpson envisions First Responders, a program to make satellite data available to citizen scientists in crisis situations, to guide aid efforts from afar. Cesar Harada wants to create larger prototypes of […]

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