Smart lenses could monitor diabetics’ glucose levels

Those living with Diabetes might have some good news to cry about, literally.

Google’s laboratory, Google X, is in the developing stage of creating a contact lens that measures glucose levels through diabetics’ tears.

The company revealed a functional prototype on January 16 that could replace the current glucose monitors implanted under the skin.  The company also hopes to replace the painful finger-pricking blood tests used to check blood glucose levels.

The high-tech Smart Lens is composed of a tiny wireless computer chip that contains a glucose sensor and an antenna thinner than a strand of hair.  The chip is implanted between two layers of soft contact material, which is worn on the surface of the eye like prescription contact lenses.  The lens will be powered by tapping into radio waves in the air and will be designed to send data to a smart phone or other device.

To onlookers, the chip will look like a speck of glitter in the eye.

The company is still in the testing phase for the smart lens and no launch date has yet been set.  The next step for the project is to continue running clinical research studies.