"smart contact lenses" have moved a step closer to reality

"smart contact lenses" have moved a step closer to reality

Healthcare giant Novartis, the parent of Alcon, the producers of some of the most popular contact lenses including Focus Dailies, Air Optix Aqua and the FreshLook range, will be helping to turn Google"s lab project into smart contact lenses for people worldwide.

As reported by http://mashable.com "A product of Google Research, the smart lenses look like traditional contact lenses. The company"s eye care division, Alcon, will license Google"s smart lens and co-develop them for a variety of ocular medical uses.

Ophthalmic electrochemical sensors in the contact lenses are designed to measure glucose levels and offer real-time updates to an app on a connected mobile device for people with diabetes. Google secured a patent for the technology earlier this year.

In addition to glucose measurement he lenses may also offer vision correction for people with presbyopia, an age-related eye condition that affects billions, making it difficult to focus on objects nearby. Details on how that might work are currently unavailable.

“Our dream is to use the latest technology in the miniaturization of electronics to help improve the quality of life for millions of people,” Google founder Sergey Brin wrote in a Novartis press release. “We are very excited to work with Novartis to make this dream come true." .

by Emily Tait

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