Vula Eye Health App
Country of Operation
Target income level
- Bottom 20%
- Eye care
SummaryVula Eye Health App is specifically designed to improve eye care in rural areas. App users are able to make use of a variety of functionalities. The app functions as an eye test and a pupil check, by using graphics on the screen to test a patient's vision and the light from the phone to test a patie
The goal of the Vula Eye Health App is to improve eye care in rural areas by enabling healthcare worker to use mobile technology to diagnose eye conditions, and then connect with specialists in real time to refer patients to the nearest referral facility. The application was developed to improve eye care in South Africa's low-income communities by educating people about different eye conditions, providing access to eye tests and connecting them to eye care professionals. The product is aimed at making an impact amongst the blind and visually impared in marginalized and rural areas. There are more than 640 000 people in South Africa who are blind or visually impaired. The Vula Eye Health App is designed to address their needs.
Key program components
The Vula Eye Health App is designed to teach people about eye health, conduct a simple eye test, and connect people to an eye health professional. The app was created to improve eye care by increasing awareness, identifying those in need, and building an appropriate referral network to eye health professionals. It will help to identify those patients with conditions leading to preventable blindness early, and then help them to get the help that they need quickly.
When a patient complaining of eye trouble arrives at a local district clinic, the healthcare worker takes down the patients complaint, tests the patients eyes, and take a photo of the eye(s). The Vula Eye Health alogrithm with then inform the healthcare worker whether the patient should be referred to the closest facility for examination by an eye health specialist. The healthcare worker can use the app's chat function to confer with the oncall physician in realtime, thereby determining next steps for the patients.
According to the World Health Organization, glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness throughout the world.