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Contact Lens Giant Alcon Licenses Google Smart Lens Tech

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A product of Google Research, the smart lenses look like traditional contact lenses. The company's eye care division, Alcon, will license Google's smart lens and co-develop them for a variety of ocular medical uses.

Ophthalmic electrochemical sensors in the contact lenses are designed to measure glucose levels and offer real-time updates to an app on a connected mobile device for people with diabetes. Google secured a patent for the technology earlier this year.

In addition to glucose measurement, the lenses may also offer vision correction for people with presbyopia, an age-related eye condition that affects billions, making it difficult to focus on objects nearby. Details on how that might work are currently unavailable.

“Our dream is to use the latest technology in the miniaturization of electronics to help improve the quality of life for millions of people,” Google founder Sergey Brin wrote in a Novartis press release. “We are very excited to work with Novartis to make this dream come true."

Presbyopia affects billions?!

These images show how the lens would sit on the human eye (10) and how the eyelids (30 and 32) would close over it. When the lids distribute tears over the eye, they will also, by design, coat both the convex and concave surface of the smart lens.

Google Smart Contact Lens


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