A smart fit for diabetics

As many of you know, one of our specialisms here is contact lenses so when stories come out about new developments, we all gather round with our morning coffee to discuss. Yesterday’s news regarding the licensing of Google’s ‘smart lens’ to Novartis lead to one of those discussions.

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We see many patients with diabetes, managing the unique issues they face as a result of the condition. I know this story will be of particular interest to them. The smart lenses are designed to measure the level of glucose in the wearers tears so could eliminate currently invasive ways of testing glucose levels, whilst correcting vision at the same time. The licensing of this technology means the possibility of diabetics benefitting from it is now one step closer.

The lenses will probably fall under current contact lens regulation which means that they can only be fitted by a registered and qualified optometrist. As such we are likely to be fitting these ‘smart lenses’ when they eventually make it to market. That will be some years off, but we will follow the progress with great interest and the ‘smart lens’ is sure to be the basis of many more discussions around the coffee pot in the coming months and years.

Project Glass – still a long way off

You’ll probably have seen this

It’s a pretty cool idea already available in limited form by phone manufacturers. What’s got the internet crackling is that Google is throwing its weight behind the idea of augmented reality which brings it one step closer to fruititon. It’s still a long way off yet and the glasses look terrible.

Some folks might well baulk at the idea of having your phone so tightly integrated to your life but as someone wisely pointed out, at the moment we’re all wandering around staring at handheld 4inch screens and bumping into one another so is this really any worse?

Much nicer frames are available for regular reality glasses at CO…

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