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Smart Contact Lenses Keep Eye On Your Health

CBS Pittsburgh 01/12/2012 22:08
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Forty-million Americans wear contact lenses. In the not so distant future, contacts may do a lot more than just help you see. What if the lenses could look inside of you to diagnose, monitor and even treat disease? Sound far-fetched? Well, it may not be too far away.

The new generation of contact lenses is being called “smart lenses,” and they are packed with circuits, sensors and wireless technology – all designed to keep an eye on your health.

“There’s a possibility to develop a really, really important new tool for medicine,” said Babak Parviz, PH.D., the developer of the Smart Lens.

A team of researchers at the University of Washington built and are testing the smart lens. They believe it could one day replace the standard blood test.

“It allows for a very noninvasive, continuous monitoring of the human body,” said Parviz.

Researchers say biomarkers found in the blood – such as cholesterol, sodium, potassium and glucose – can also be found on the surface of the eye.

One lens can monitor glucose and radio out the result.