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Google Contacts Could Be Good News for Diabetics
Written by Lauren McMillen
Last updated on July 18, 2014 @ 10:32AM
Created on July 17, 2014 @ 6:32PM
Google is developing a one-of-a-kind contact lenses that will help patients with diabetes and could be a breakthrough for the millions that suffer.
 
So just how will these smart lenses exactly work?
 
These new contact lenses would replace the regular finger sticks designed to read a person's blood glucose level. 
 
Instead, the lens will be able to read levels through the tears in your eyes. It would then send the information straight to your smartphone to warn people if their levels are too high or too low.
 
Google has teamed up with the pharmaceutical company, Novartis, to create this medical breakthrough. Experts say this new type of technology could work wonders for patients.
 
"We will be able to actually put a contact in our eye and that gives us a continuous glucose reading that we can look at on our smartphone that we can be able to get real time with out interference of delays in blood, alcohol, or vascular disease that creates less than optimal blood flow. This is truly going to be an absolute amazing breakthrough," said Brenda Conch, Director of Education at UHC.
 
5 News caught up with a few who suffer from diabetes and said this would be a tremendous tool to help the millions that have to go through the pain of using a needle to test their levels.
 
"I'm a diabetic now, so it would probably help me out a lot. I've been borderline for years and I just found out about a year that I'm diabetic so it's not real bad yet. But these contacts would be nice to have and use," said Sharon Carr, Upshur County resident.
 
This product has not hit the shelves just yet. Google says they will being testing the lenses on patients next year. 
 

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