Augmented reality solutions are technologies that will be in use when we are on the go. Integration of electronics into contact lenses is one such technology that can be used for medical purposes. Indeed the human eye has tremendous capabilities. Smart contact lenses are in the offing to further enhance these capabilities. Google plans to venture for smart contact lenses were in collaboration with Novartis with particular emphasis on its healthcare usage. According to some revelations, the smart lens starts with detecting glucose levels in the tears and the information is transmitted to a device such as smartphone and so on. Google smart contact lens are expected to hit the market soon. Maybe in late 2016?
Another smart contact lens from Sweden continuously records ocular dimensional changes over 24 hours specifically for glaucoma diseases. The soft disposable silicone contact lens is embedded in a micro-sensor that can capture spontaneous circumferential changes at the corneoscleral area and the data is stored and transferred via Bluetooth to an analysis device equipped with special software. Sale of the lens is expected to start soon in the US. Another advancement in contact lens technology is being made in Australia whereby the lens will to be able to automatically filter out dangerous UV lights while transmitting data and gathering live information for users.
Nonowafer is another innovation in contact lens technology whereby the lens will be used as a vehicle to deliver drugs into the eye over a predetermined period of time. The Nanowafer can revolutionize on how certain medication is delivered as it is accurate, waste-free and far less invasive than eye drops. The technology is heading for clinical trials this year and may be followed by lenses capable of monitoring cancers, as tear lacryglobin (a protein with high sequence homology to the mammaglobins that are upregulated in breast cancer and in breast cancer metastasis) is elevated in patient with breast, colon, lung, prostate, and ovarian cancers.
The use and applications of nanotechnologies are indeed exciting with multiple uses in all spheres of life.You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ for more updates. Otherwise fill in the subscription box above, or subscribe to our RSS Feed.