04 February 2014 by Sameena Farooq
Google is currently testing a prototype for a smart contact lens for diabetics which measures glucose levels in tears as often as once every second.
Using an embedded miniaturised glucose sensor and wireless chip, it would make monitoring glucose levels easier and less painful as it would do away with the need to break the skin to measure levels.
If like us you are a bit baffled by the connection between Google and contact lenses, this collaboration came about because of the microchip needed for the contact lens. Where better to go than to Google’s experimental X Lab.
Although still at the trial stages this could be a breakthrough in glucose monitoring for diabetics and here at 20/20 Eyecare Independent Opticians, we like many others will be watching closely for future developments.