Thursday, February 6, 2014

Google Eyes Diabetes

                                                                         Courtesy of Google

Just a quick note this week about a new proposed product for diabetics –

Did you see that announcement that Google has been working on a contact lens that would measure the changes in glucose levels by monitoring the levels in your tears rather than your blood?

Yes, that is the concept. There are a lot of elements of this to be worked out before it could come to market. First of all, it has to be determined that monitoring your glucose level in your tears is as accurate as monitoring your blood. Once that is established, then Google would need to get the product approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Getting FDA approval takes a very long time. While they have started talking to the FDA, we won’t be seeing this product available for many years.

The idea is that the lens would monitor the levels and send them wirelessly to an app that you can easily check. 

According to Google, they may also have an LED light in the lens that would alert the wearer to a potential problem with the wearer’s blood sugar level. 

Here is a short video about the project:

What do you think of this idea? Would you consider wearing a contact lens to monitor your levels?  

Thanks for reading!

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