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Contact lens with built-in telescope could help people with blinding disease

Updated 6:45 AM ET, Tue March 17, 2015
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Scientists are developing a telescopic contact lens to magnify human vision, which could help people with age-related macular degeneration. UCSD
When paired with customized glasses, the wearer winks with their right eye for magnified vision, whilst the left restores normal vision. Pictured is a prototype version. Courtesy EPFL
Swiss biotech firm Sensimed was an early adopter of smart lens technology, to monitor the progression of glaucoma. Its "Triggerfish" system comprised a lens and a wireless data receiver worn around the neck, designed to monitor the eye over 24 hours. The technology is hoped to enable earlier diagnosis. Sensimed SA, Switzerland
Alcon signed an agreement with Google[x] -- the internet giant's development wing -- in 2014 to continue research into ocular medical solutions. The collaboration will begin by using sensors and microelectronics within lenses to monitor glucose levels in diabetics and correct presbyopia. Google
Eye drops may soon be a thing of the past as teams at Boston Children's Hospital, and the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, have developed a drug-eluting lens. A drug-polymer film on the lens is designed to slowly release medication over an extended period of time. Kohane Laboratory
The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has been working with Innovega iOptiks to develop an augmented reality lens. The lens will contact a tiny display feeding information to the wearer whilst allowing them to focus on far away objects at the same time. DARPA