Google Smart Contact Lens may Measure Blood-Sugar Levels in Next Five Years

by Bidita Debnath on  June 28, 2015 at 9:43 PM Medical Gadgets
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Google is reportedly developing a smart contact lens that will measure a wearer's glucose levels by testing their tears. This could potentially remove the need for diabetics to prick their fingers and draw blood to check their blood-sugar levels.
Google Smart Contact Lens may Measure Blood-Sugar Levels in Next Five Years
Google Smart Contact Lens may Measure Blood-Sugar Levels in Next Five Years

In a patent application, Google showed off potential designs for how it could package a smart contact lens.

Google has previously said it is speaking to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) about potentially testing its lens, and that general availability of the contact lens is most likely at least five years away, Quartz.com reported.

The lens the company announced it is working on would be able to gauge a wearer's glucose levels by just analyzing tears.

In response to a query whether the company was preparing to make its contact lens more generally available, a representative for Google was reported as saying by Quartz that product releases cannot be inferred from patent applications.

Google has so far been awarded 44 patents involving contact lenses, and has another 53 patents that it has applied for, which seems to suggest that work on the lens is certainly on.

Source: IANS

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