Smart Contact Lenses Could Help Millions of Diabetics

Author James Mash 28.7.2014. | 09:53

There appears to be smart everything these days. Smart phones, smart watches, smart clothes, smart glasses everything is having electronics merged with it so as to meet the needs or target audiences and provide a service.

Smart contacts are a new project that’s being pioneered by Google and Novartis. There is defiantly a market out there as about one in every 19 people suffer from diabetes and with diets getting worse in the westernized countries this diabetes is a growing problem.

Most diabetics have to measure their glucose levels throughout the day by pricking their finger and taking a reading of the glucose in their blood. This is both inconvenient and painful. Other may have a glucose sensor embedded under their skin but this is somewhat intrusive.

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The smart contacts are designed to help diabetics monitor their condition and do this by using a tiny wireless chip and miniaturized glucose sensors that are embedded between two layers of soft contact lens material. This would allow the glucose levels in tears to be measured and that reading could be sent to a mobile device so the wearer could always see the levels of glucose in their system. It would do away with the disruption of having to prick a finger and check blood for glucose at intervals throughout the day and could easily detect sudden changes in glucose due to exercise sweating or eating so sudden spikes or drops in glucose could be seen instantly and accounted for.

There is still a, long way to go before these would become widely available but if successful it would provide a big helping hand to the fight against diabetes.

Read more here :- Smart Contact Lenses

Author James Mash 28.7.2014. | 09:53
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