For years people with diabetes have had to prick their finger in order to monitor their blood glucose levels. That may soon change as Google and Novartis Alcon team up to create a super contact lens that monitors blood sugar levels.
Diabetes, a condition where the body is unable to properly process sugar, is often attributed to an inadequate production of insulin. There are more than 29 million people with diabetes in the U.S. and approximately 382 million people across the globe. The creation of a device that will allow people with refractive errors to not only see clearly, but also eliminate finger sticks is groundbreaking. That’s right, these lenses are also expected to correct one’s vision in a way that is similar to a camera adjusting focus.
The smart lenses work through a tiny sensor located on each lens that monitors and reports blood glucose levels via an antenna that is thinner than a human hair. The information gathered can then be uploaded to a smartphone in real time. This information can also be shared with doctors.
Smart contact lenses are definitely something to get excited about, but they are still in the early stages of development. It is projected to be several years before they launch for public use.
Technology is a wonderful thing. We look forward to seeing the many ways brilliant people can help us live better lives in the future. You can read the full announcement here.