A contact lens with an embedded pressure sensor could help monitor and manage patients with glaucoma, one scientist has suggested.
Dr Kaweh Mansouri, from Hamilton Glaucoma Center at the University of California, said monitoring of the eye condition was usually based on taking a single measurement of intraocular pressure (IOP), reports Virtual Medical Centre.
"However, we now have a way to continuously monitor IOP during a 24-hour period, on an out-patient basis, at-home and while the patient is going about their normal routine," he added.
Dr Mansouri suggested the new contact lens also led to patients receiving a more personalised treatment plan for the condition.
According to the Royal National Institute of Blind People, glaucoma affects one per cent of over 40s and five per cent of those aged over 65.
The main treatment for the condition is to reduce the pressure in sufferers" eyes, however, damage which has already been done, cannot be reversed, the charity stated.
by Adrian Galbreth