Novartis & Google to Develop Contact Lens That Monitors Blood Sugar

Google and Novartis announced this week that they're to develop a smart contact lens with the potential to monitor the wearer’s blood sugar levels.

Novartis said that Alcon, its eye care unit, had struck a deal to license so-called smart lens technology from one of Google’s research divisions. Financial terms were not disclosed. Alcon (formerly CIBA Vision) offer comprehensive eye health and vision care products globally.

As part of the agreement, Alcon said it would look to create products from Google’s prototype smart contact lens, which uses miniature sensors and a radio antenna thinner than a human hair to track glucose levels. The companies did not specify how the data would be transmitted.

Information about blood sugar levels, which is particularly useful for people with diabetes, could be uploaded to smartphone devices and used by doctors and patients to monitor the data almost in real time, according to a statement from Google issued when the company released its prototype in January.

Joe Jimenez, the chief executive of Novartis, said that product was not as far along in development, and that both lenses were still early in their development.

“It’s not going to happen overnight,” he said. “This will take a few years, as opposed to a few months.”

Mr. Jimenez declined to disclose financial details of the deal. He also said that it was too early to estimate what such lenses, if they are eventually approved, would cost.

Sergey Brin, a Google founder, said the company’s smart lens technology could “help improve the quality of life for millions of people.”

The push to develop medical technology comes as several of the world’s largest technology companies are looking for new areas for growth. Analysts say that the pharmaceutical and health care sectors are crucial targets as people increasingly take greater control of their own medical treatment.

National Sunglasses Day

Friday, 4 July 2014
National Sunglasses Day The United States Congress recognizes National Sunglasses Day.

The Vision Council and optical industry (in the US) have been promoting and educating consumers about the damaging effects of UV rays for sometime now. Last week the United States Congress have passed 'National Sunglasses Day' to fall on the 27th of June and officially entered National Sunglasses Day into the Congressional record.

It's great to see America leading the way and promoting wearing UV protective eyewear while encouraging others to do the same.

Australia has promoted the same message in the past but we are yet to make the day official. In 2011 the Queensland Eye Institute launched an exciting new education program aimed at raising awareness and the damaging effects of UV rays (especially within Australia.)

Australia has the highest sunglasses standards in the world and wearing your "sunnies" will protect you from harmful ultraviolet (UV) light.

Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation can damage your eyes, and repeated exposure can cause a range of short-term and long-term issues including:

  • Excessive blinking
  • Swelling or difficulty looking at strong light
  • Acute photokeratopathy (sunburn of the cornea or snow-blindness).
  • Cataracts (cloudiness of the lens)
  • Pterygium (an overgrowth of the conjunctiva on to the cornea)
  • Solar keratopathy (cloudiness of the cornea)
  • Cancer of the conjunctiva (the membrane covering the white part of the eye)
  • Skin cancer of the eyelids and around the eyes.

Remember to wear your sunnies when outdoors, driving or exposed to UV light.

of National Sunglasses Day recognized by The Vision Council and optical industry as taking place today, June 27, 2014 - See more at:

Saved By Contact Lens Solution?

Monday, 18 February 2013
Saved By Contact Lens Solution? It really is "multi-purpose"!

A young British backpacker found alive after three nights lost in the Queensland outback survived by drinking contact lens fluid and his own urine, his mother has revealed.

Claire Derry said her 18-year-old son Sam Derry-Woodhead had lost 15 kilograms during his ordeal in searing heat on a remote property 130 kilometres from Longreach.

Sam, who went missing on Tuesday afternoon from Upshot Station, where he had spent about 10 days working as a jackaroo as part of his gap year, was found sunburnt and dehydrated on Friday.

"He tried drinking his own urine and that was pretty revolting experience and he wasn’t able to cope much with that," Ms Derry said.

"So he drank tiny sips of the contact lens fluid he had with him and that saved him. He lost 15 kilograms though.”

Read more about his grueling adventure here: Brisbane Times

And by the way, you probably won't use it to save your life, but use code FREERENU to get a free B&L Renu solution starter kit & case with your order! (expires 20/02/13)