Patented Google diabetes contact lenses that will have the capability to test glucose levels in the tears of diabetic patients is set to begin human testing in 2016.
In a related article by the Inquisitr, it was reported that Google has been developing this latest technological advancement, and if tests are successful, the invention will help eliminate a painful daily part of diabetics’ routines.
Novartis Chief Executive, Joe Jimenez, told a Swiss newspaper last week that the first human tests of a contact lens it is developing with Google for diabetic patients will be conducted in 2016.
“This project is progressing well.”
In 2014, pharmaceutical giant Novartis and Google announced a cooperation to develop “smart” contact lenses to help diabetics track their blood glucose levels or restore the eye’s ability to focus, according to Reuters.
“I had said it would take about five years to see a product on the market. The calendar is light and we are already developing a technological lens prototype (that) should be tested on humans in 2016.”
— Crown Vision Center (@CrownVisionCtr) April 2, 2015
Currently, individuals suffering from diabetes must monitor their glucose levels by pricking themselves in order to swab their blood onto a test stripe, which they then feed into an electronic reader.
Google’s new diabetes contact lenses would eliminate this annoying daily procedure.
The lenses are fitted with minuscule wireless chips and sensors wedged between the two lenses.
Co-founders, Brian Otis and Babak Parviz, have said these contact lenses are a departure from all other methods of monitoring glucose levels.
“Although some people wear glucose monitors with a glucose sensor embedded under their skin, all people with diabetes must still prick their finger and test drops of blood throughout the day. It’s disruptive, and it’s painful. And as a result, many people with diabetes check their blood glucose less often than they should.”
The device measures blood sugar levels at any given moment by examining the recipients’ tears. Google plans to incorporate LED lights inside the lenses, which would flash up when these levels are either too high or too low.
— IC (@icuk) March 31, 2015
The measurements for the electronics inside the lens are staggering. Both the sensors and chips are the size of a fleck of glitter, while its wireless antenna is thinner than the length of a human hair.
The U.S. National Diabetes Educational Program estimates that around 382 million people suffer from diabetes.
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