Google Contact Lens May Help Diabetes

google contact lensGoogle has announced plans to build a contact lens that can monitor blood sugar levels. The device that may come replete with miniature, flexible electronics, sensors and antennae. The lens would keep track of blood sugar levels via human tears. Google’s contact lens would be able to alert wearers when their blood sugar levels are too high or too low. For diabetics, this could theoretically free them from the need for frequent finger pricks to check blood sugar. It could also give them tools to better manage their blood sugar. Diabetes can lead to diabetic retinopathy, a serious eye disease (learn more).

While the device still needs to get approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (June 2014), GMA News reported that Google acquired a patent in April for the sensors. If the lens reaches the consumer market, it could pave the way for a dazzling array of potential applications via contact lens. The devices begs the question of the safety and hygiene issues tied to reusable contact lenses. While daily use (disposable) contact lenses are usually free from these hazards, presumably, Google’s monitoring contact lenses may be too expensive to come in a daily disposable model.

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Google Contact Lens May Help Diabetes
Google is working on a contact lens to monitor blood sugar levels. Using human tears, the device will allow diabetics to better control their disease. Eye disease diabetic retinopathy can result from diabetes.
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Marc Grossman, Doctor of Optometry and New York State Licensed Acupuncturist, is a holistic eye doctor and co-author of a number of books on natural vision care. Since 1980 Dr. Grossman has been helped many people maintain healthy vision and even improve eyesight. He is dedicated to providing information to those with conditions ranging from myopia and dry eyes to potentially vision threatening diseases such as macular degeneration and glaucoma. His combined multi-disciplinary approach using nutrition, eye exercises, lifestyle changes and Chinese Medicine provides him with a wide array of tools and approaches with which to tackle difficult eye problems.