Google have recently announced that they are currently testing a contact lens that will be able to measure glucose levels in tears. This revolutionary technology could change the way diabetics live and allow them to easily test their sugar levels without the worry of having to test their glucose levels by using the current painful pinprick blood glucose test.
The ‘smart contact lens” uses a miniscule wireless chip and I “miniaturised” glucose sensor that is embedded between two layers of the lens material. Google have also said that they are working on integrating small LED lights that could light up if glucose levels have crossed certain brinks. This is still early days but the hope is that as Google are such a well renowned company the smart contact lens is much more likely to take off than if it was created by a lesser known, medical company.
Google is currently working with the US Food and Drug Administration in order to make the product available for mainstream use in the future. They are working in partnership in order to develop mobile and web apps that would allow the Len’s glucose readings available to the person wearing the lens as well as their doctor.
Below is what Google have said regarding the lens on their company blog.
“We’re now testing a smart contact lens that’s built to measure glucose levels in tears using a tiny wireless chip and miniaturized glucose sensor that are embedded between two layers of soft contact lens material. We’re testing prototypes that can generate a reading once per second. We’re also investigating the potential for this to serve as an early warning for the wearer, so we’re exploring integrating tiny LED lights that could light up to indicate that glucose levels have crossed above or below certain thresholds. It’s still early days for this technology, but we’ve completed multiple clinical research studies which are helping to refine our prototype. We hope this could someday lead to a new way for people with diabetes to manage their disease.
For diabetics who can happily wear contact lenses this comes as great news and all of us here at the Cheapest Life insurance hopes the lens can help diabetics for years to come!