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April 14, 2020

Wearable Technology In The Field Of Eye Care- Turning Dreams Into Reality

Wearable eye technology was first realized by Google Glass, Google (News - Alert)'s attempt at combining technology with comfortable eyewear. The project had a lot of interesting ideas and applications that it accommodated in the sphere of the eyeglasses. However, for certain reasons, the project did not really make an impact on the masses.

Yet, the market for wearable eye technology is only beginning to take shape. There are a lot of new and interesting projects that companies are coming up with to enhance this market.

The hypotheses about wearable technologies were only a myth all this while. Google Glass was a good prospect on paper, yet, it somehow failed to take off. Nevertheless, Google is coming up with a project that may be an even bigger success than Google Glass could have ever been- despite its smaller medical audience. A blood glucose-sensing contact lens could replace the traditional finger-prick that diabetics use to check their blood sugar levels. It will provide a lot of relief to people who want to keep their blood sugar levels in check without subscribing to any uncomfortable physical equipment.

The product is under development by Google (X) the company's highly secretive research and development sector.

As a replacement for eyeglasses, the Google Lens can do a lot more than improve your vision. Google’s lens can also help with conducting research, as Google wants to do with its operation known as Baseline study. For this study, a vast amount of data will be collected from different human subjects for a better understanding of the medical intricacies of the human body. To be more specific, there are intentions to launch separate lenses to sense separate issues related to the eyes and the overall health of the human body.

To detect Glaucoma - A lens that can sense eye pressure

Glaucoma is a condition that affects the optical nerves and can result in blindness in its most extreme condition. The problem with glaucoma is that it can hardly be detected before it reaches an advanced state. Luckily, there is a lens that can detect the presence of glaucoma in the eyes. Before Google had launched its glucose-sensing lens, companies had invented a lens that could monitor the shape of the eye and its lens in order to detect intraocular pressure in patients suffering from glaucoma. Glaucoma, if left untreated, can cause permanent damage to vision, and that is why such devices brought in breathtaking innovation in the field of eye care.

To protect vision - Blue light lenses

Why are blue light blocking lenses so important in today’s day and age?

It is simply because of the digitized world that we live in. In today’s era of computerization and digital transformation, there are a lot of people who spend long hours sitting in front of a laptop monitor, for academic or even work purposes. The blue light emitted from the laptop screens can cause a great deal of damage to the eyesight of such people. So, to protect their vision, people can opt for blue light glasses and spectacles. The way in which these eye care essentials work is by absorbing the blue light from screens and monitors and preventing them from falling on the lens of the eyes. This is the best way out for people who want to protect their eyesight from blue light.

Newer technologies incorporated in the wearable eye care technology

These are some of the exciting new additions that can show up in the world of wearable eye technology. However, the possibilities do not end here. The head of the American Optometric Association, Thomas Quinn, has expressed a lot of hope for the future of wearable eye technology. In fact, the use of these medical lenses can be extended to detect the presence of cancer and other debilitating conditions, according to him. While these projects are currently in the pipeline, it will not be long before they are introduced to the consumer world. The world need only wait for a few more years before they can get access to the most coveted eyeglasses furnished with the most advanced applications.

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