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By The Los Angeles Times
Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, 12:01 a.m.
 

Google Inc. is searching for a better way for millions of diabetics to manage their disease by developing a contact lens that monitors glucose levels in tears.

The contact lenses are the latest project from Google's secretive X lab, which came up with the Internet-connected eyewear Glass.

The “smart” contact lens uses a tiny wireless chip and miniature glucose sensor that is folded into two layers of soft contact lens material.

Google said it is in discussions with the Food and Drug Administration, but the contact lenses could be years from reaching the public.

The prototype can generate a reading once per second, which could be very helpful for diabetics who must keep close tabs on their blood sugar and adjust their dose of insulin.

 

 
 


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