Contact Lens' That Monitor Blood Glucose Levels???

By rbergman Latest Reply 2009-03-04 15:14:15 -0600
Started 2009-02-18 20:09:00 -0600

Ok, now, most of us have heard about the watch discussed here, and recently there was a post about a tattoo that will change colors much like a mood ring would when Blood Glucose levels change but Contact Lens' that will monitor it?????? Read on, this was in an article that was emailed to me from Quality Health Newsletter…

Improving Diabetes Management

Soon, you might be able to see your glucose levels by looking at your wristwatch, glancing in the mirror, running an LED over a "tattoo", or shining an infrared light onto your skin. Here is a rundown of these new technologies:

* Wristwatch. Already available, the wristwatch utilizes a membrane on the underside of the watch that sucks interstitial fluid for testing. The watch requires a warm-up period of roughly three hours, and can afterwards provide up to three measurements per hour for a 12-hour period. The FDA recommends that this be used to show trends or patterns in glucose levels and recognizes it as a means to detect and evaluate episodes of hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia. A prescription is necessary to purchase the watch and again, the FDA suggests a standard glucose measurement before corrective action is taken based on the watch's reading.

* Tattoo. In actuality, it's an ultra-thin sheath placed under the skin that, when irradiated by an LED, glows a particular color, indicating the blood glucose level. The infrared light device employs a similar idea. An infrared light shines on the person's skin and reports the unabsorbed light back to a monitoring device, indicating blood glucose levels.

* Contact lens. Still in development, the contact lens allows the user to determine blood glucose levels by an indicator on the lens that can be seen in the mirror. Testing had to wrangle with glucose levels in tears which can be elevated if the tears are produced during an emotional episode that causes a person to cry.

Other advances in glucose meters have to do with the size of the meter itself or the technology "on board". One such glucose meter is the size of a small stack of quarters. Another high-tech advance comes in the form of a wireless blood glucose monitor providing real-time blood sugar data that can be transmitted to the healthcare team, better helping physicians assess and manage a patient's diabetes. Other products may provide one-stop shopping so to speak, with an all-in-one meter, logbook, and insulin pump.
Medical device and healthcare companies are working hard to make blood glucose testing easier and less invasive. So stay tuned, and in the meantime, continue to be diligent about monitoring yourself in order to avoid any complications.

What would you say to contacts that test BG levels?

17 replies

DawnRJackson 2009-03-04 15:02:22 -0600 Report

The tattoo is a nifty idea, if I got one that was discrete and hidden no one would have to see it. Maybe I could even incorporate the medic-alert info into the tattoo design and forgo having to wear the customary bracelet or pendant!

cakeybakes 2009-02-24 22:48:07 -0600 Report

Very cool technology! I wear contacts anyway, and that would be sooooooo much easier. All of these things sound like winners. Okay, now that we can DIAGNOSE highs and lows, what about a cure?

GabbyPA 2009-02-21 11:37:23 -0600 Report

I am amazed at the way things are going. I find it incredible that they can do this. I would love something that read my levels without having to stop, unload my bag, do my thing, reload my bag and carry on. Maybe the pump with come with ring tones you can up load to tell youu when you are "Rocky Mountain High" or "How low can you go?"...LOL

2009-02-20 21:48:08 -0600 Report

Evidently, Minimed is working on a way to integrate a sensor into the pump, instead of a separate sensor you plug into yourself. This would mean the end of finger sticking! It would read your level every 5 minutes, just like the sensor you plug into yourself does.

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-02-20 21:46:08 -0600 Report

It's just good to know that efforts are being made to make it easier on diabetics, whatever the method. We live in a day and age when there's no end to the possibilities, and that is a great source of hope. I'd be willing to try any of these, altho I don't really mind the current testing all that much.

DiabetesDiva 2009-02-19 12:29:14 -0600 Report

I just started wearing contacts again, so I would love this. My concern is I'm a bit of a cry baby and that would probably affect the readings. I've always wanted to have a tattoo, so maybe my medical insurance would pay for this one!


Lisa Ann
Lisa Ann 2009-02-19 15:17:33 -0600 Report

I agree with you. I like the contact lens idea, but like you I'm a bit of a cry baby to. I can cry anytime I see someone else crying even on TV.LOL

2009-02-20 21:39:28 -0600 Report

Ya know Kate, that is a good question! I'll talk to my endo when I see him, see if he knows about the tattoo thing or not!

rbergman 2009-02-19 07:51:36 -0600 Report

I thought this was pretty neat, I just wonder just how close to the mirror you have to be to be able to see it. I also like the implant "tattoo" idea. I never cared much for the watch idea, but thats just me.

Wonder what they will think of next?

2009-02-18 22:28:35 -0600 Report

The contact lens' sound cool to me. I found out at the eye doctor a few weeks ago that there is a number on the lens' of my glasses that tells any eye doctor with the right light what the strength of my bifocal is… I made him show me because I don't see a number on it LOL Contacts that tell me my glucose levels? Sign me up!!

2009-02-18 20:19:59 -0600 Report

Dunno bout this one, I would go for the tattoo instead I think. I didn't know it was an implant, that isn't a tattoo to me, and I have 42 of em!

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