WASHINGTON (WUSA9)-- Painful and repetitive finger pricking is a routine that diabetics must face every day in order to monitor their blood sugar to prevent life-threatening complications. But with a new development from Google, diabetics may one day be able to see their sugar levels right before their eyes without any needles.
Google is teaming up with Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis to create contact lenses that track glucose levels. They are working to create a "smart" lens that will scan tears through sensors.
"Our dream is to use the latest technology in the miniaturization of electronics to help improve the quality of life for millions of people," said Google Co-Founder Sergey Brin. Dangerous blood sugar levels can lead to blindness, amputation, kidney failure and death. When developed, the lenses could help the 29.1 million people in the United States who have diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In addition to glucose monitoring, the "smart lens" technology will help sufferers of presbyopia, a condition that makes focusing on close objects difficult, according to the American Optometric Association.
Alana Yzola (WUSA9)