Smart contact lenses "could provide medication"

Smart contact lenses "could provide medication"

A new type of contact lens could provide the ability for drugs to be released straight into the eye to help to treat vision problems, it has been claimed.

According to the Economist, work on this is currently being carried out by Daniel Kohane, a professor of anaesthesiology and director of the Laboratory for Biomaterials and Drug Delivery at the Children"s Hospital in Boston.

These lenses would be a suitable alternative to eye drops and could even be more effective in some cases, the expert said.

He told the publication: "Eye drops are not very efficient - only a small fraction actually gets into the eye. But the bigger problem is compliance. Things that should work don"t work, and that leads to an escalation of the disease and the therapy."

Other contact lenses developments in the future could include the ability to read emails, according to expert engineer and futurologist Ian Pearson, who recently compiled a report on what he believes contacts will be like in 2030.

by Emily Tait

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