Otis has experience in making miniaturized electronic systems. He and his team have embedded chips in ultrathin film like plastic instead of using a traditional fiberglass board. The film goes in between two layers of soft contact lens material. The glucose sensor has a small pore over it.
Gerald Bernstein, M.D., Director of the Diabetes Management Program at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center said that tears are not as accurate for measuring glucose levels as a direct measurement of blood, as reported in an article on Healthline.com. But, he said, the difference isn't big enough to be significant.
At present, the lens is just a prototype but things are looking optimistic. Google has presented the lens to the FDA. Early independent clinical studies have been instituted. According to an article on Forbes.com, the project could become reality within five years.
Google does not plan to produce and sell the contact lenses if and when the time comes that the product is approved by the FDA and ready to go. Google will look for partners to use their technology to produce the lenses.
Google Scientists Create Contact Lens to Measure Blood Sugar Levels in Tears
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Reviewed April 24, 2014
by Michele Blacksberg RN