What your patient might ask you…

When can I get that glucose-sensing contact lens?  

Not for a while.
A research team at Oregon State University is developing a bio-sensing contact lens.  It’s similar to the one Google proposed in 2014 but this research team believes they can make the biosensors in the contact lens entirely clear.  They describe the lens as one that can measure the glucose in tears, levels of urea to assess kidney function and maybe even protein levels relating to certain types of cancer. The hope is that the biosensors in the contacts can transmit important health info to your phone (i.e. “you’re blood sugar is too low – eat something!”).  However, it will be a year or more before it’s ready for animal testing.

Jaclyn Garlich
Dr. Garlich graduated from the New England College of Optometry in 2010 and completed a residency in primary care and ocular disease at the St. Louis VA. In 2013, she developed an optometry clinical reference mobile app available in the iTunes store. In 2016, she founded 20/20 Glance, a weekly optometry newsletter that gives a rundown on clinically relevant optometry news in an easy to digest format.

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