REPOST: All Eyes On Google’s New ‘Smart’ Contact Lenses

Clinical Vision Research

Google never seems to run out of wacky inventions. This time around, the tech giant unveils Smart, contact lens with a glucose-tracking technology that monitors blood sugar through the wearer’s tears. Awesome or awkward? ReadForbesreport below.

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Google “glucose” right now, and you’ll find a slew of results with Google itself in the header. This is because Google is getting into a new market: Diabetes. The company has just revealed a new method for monitoring glucose, in a classically Google-clever way: Smart contact lenses with tiny glucose-tracking technology will monitor wearers’ glucose levels not by measuring the sugar in their blood, but by tracking it in their tears.

“It doesn’t look like much, but it was a crazy amount of work to get everything so very small,” said Google researcher Brian Otis in a statement. The research, by the company that’s also brought us…

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Are dry eyes a challenge?

Lucent Family Eye Care Blog

Dry Eyes

Do your eyes burn?  You may be suffering from Dry Eye Syndrome.  You don’t have to live with discomfort and irritation.  There are simple environmental and dietary solutions:

  • Use moisturizing drops – artificial tears, or lubricating eye drops, will help your dry eyes feel better.  * Don’t confuse artificial tears with formulas that “get the red out.”
  • Improve indoor air quality – an air cleaner filters out dust and other particles from the air, while a humidifier adds moisture to air that’s dry because of air conditioning or heating.
  • Wear well-fitted sunwear – when outdoors, always wear sunglasses to reduce exposure to sun, wind and dust.
  • Choose styles with a snug seal, to prevent irritants from getting to your eyes at the top, bottom and sides.
  • Consider punctal plugs – temporary or permanent silicone plugs in the tear ducts help retain moisture on your eyes by keeping tears from draining…

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Eyes Feeling the Blues? Meet F.lux

Jana Hue

Web developer or not, we all know the brain piercing pain that strikes after a few too many hours spent staring deep into a screen. But what to do about it? These mesmerizing screens are everywhere and, for many of us, our jobs depend on computers.

Enter F.lux. 

F.lux is a plugin available for your computer and smart devices that helps protect your eyes and keep your circadian rhythms in balance. Here’s how:

First, F.lux tracks your location via GPS and then syncs with the natural sunset of your locale. Then, in tandem with diminishing natural light, F.lux slowly decreases the blue light from your screen. The result? Happier eyes and a better nights’ rest. 

For an in depth description of the effect of blue light on sleep health, check out the research provided by F.lux. Your eyes will thank you.

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What is Pink Eye?

Harris Health System

eye With so much focus on Olympic newscaster Bob Costas’ pink eye situation, Harris Health System’s Dr. Reza Farahani, optometrist, Acres Home Health Center, explains what pink eye is and how to care for it.

What is Pink Eye?
Pink eye is the common terminology for conjunctivitis, which is inflammation of the conjunctiva – the linking that covers the white part of the eye and inside of the eyelids.

Symptoms
The symptoms and signs are itchiness, burning, along with redness of the eye tissue and eyelids, swelling of the eyelids, clear or whitish/yellowish discharge and sometimes pain or sensitivity to light.

Cause
The most common causes of pink eye are viral, bacterial, toxic and allergic. The majority of cases of pink eye are caused by the same adenovirus that can give patients respiratory infections.

Bacterial cases are more serious in nature and may be a result of contamination from different strains of…

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11 Month Post-Op (Corneal Transplant Update)

Life's a Performance

Well, here we are again.  A mere 17 days away from the one year mark of my graft.  I have some good news, but most of them weren’t so good to me.

Let’s start with the bad ones then.  I went in, and the doctor did the usual topography and whatnot, then we went into the actual office for the rest of the check up.  He looked at it and noticed that I have high pressure due to the Prednisolone.  He said I was starting to develop cataracts in my grafted eye.  He said he needed to remove the last few sutures and switch the Prednisolone to a lighter steroid, which’s name is escaping me right now.  I do know it starts with an F.  Because of the sutures removal, I need to wait yet another 6 weeks for my cornea to adjust, and then I can get my glasses…

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Wearing Scleral Lenses for Longer

Life from my Wheelchair

I’ve had my new scleral contact lens for over 6 months now, and whilst I’m pleased they give me really good vision, I’m still trying to find ways of being able to wear them for longer each day. My current wearing time is now up to about 10hrs a day, but some days it’s only 8 and only very occasionally I can manage 12hrs.

Obviously this restricts my activities to some extent, the most difficult thing is travelling when I’m driving to see my cousins the other side of London. I need to time my stay with them to make sure I get home before my lenses start to cloud over or become very uncomfortable. Not always an easy task, as my journey times to and fro can take from 75ms to 150mins! Such are the variations in the traffic and the roadworks that continue to plague the London driver.

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