Posted May 28, 2014
Is your life more difficult because of diabetes or vision problems? Health researchers recently announced technology advancements that may make life easier for people with diabetes and presbyopia (difficulty focusing close up).
Contact lenses and glucose levels
Diabetes affects 25.8 million Americans or 8.3 percent of the population. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 7 million people are undiagnosed.
Managing diabetes requires keeping blood sugar levels under control. For many diabetics, this means daily testing by pricking their skin and/or wearing a glucose monitor.
Google’s smart contact lens may be an alternative to this traditional testing. The lens is embedded with a chip and sensor system. A circular antenna sits outside the line of sight and measures the glucose content in tears once every second.
Currently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is evaluating the Google lens. Although Google’s research team developed the concept, the company is searching for a partner to develop and market the product.
App may replace reading glasses
For anyone who has to hold objects at arm’s length to see them, a new smartphone app may be a welcome solution.
Presbyopia is a vision condition in which a person has trouble focusing on things close up; it’s considered a natural part of the aging process, reports the American Optometric Association. It happens when the lens loses flexibility, making it harder to focus. Many people with this condition use reading glasses to improve their vision.
The new GlassesOff smartphone app won’t eliminate presbyopia or other age-related eye conditions. But it can train the brain to interpret visual information, such as contrast, that improves close vision. According to a Mail Online news story, using GlassesOff initially takes some practice. The app uses a series of patterns to create 15-minute exercises. If completed three times weekly for two to three months, it may eliminate the need for reading glasses.