Technology Thursday | Keeping an “Eye” on Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetes technology moves forward with the creation of an LED contact lens that can diagnose diabetes and assists with the treatment of diabetic retinopathy. A research team from Pohung University of Science and Technology in South Korea has developed a smart light-emitting diode (LED) contact lens for diagnosis of diabetes and treatment of diabetic retinopathy.

The contact lens will not be able to do a real-time blood glucose check but the lens could offer treatment for retinopathy. There is a possible commercialization in the future in collaboration with PIH Biomed and Stanford University.

On the same note: Apple’s science department has also been working on a contact lens to check a blood glucose level in real-time. It is considered to be one of their “secret” research projects from 2017.

As is often the case, a fingerstick BG would be the standard for the most accurate glucose levels for now. The potential for future developments is exciting!

We will keep an “eye” out for future developments in this exciting field of diabetes research.

Read more at Verdict Medical Devices & CNBC.


Welcome Catherine Cullinane RN, CDCES, our new Technology Thursday Content Writer!

Catherine has been a nurse for 30 plus years, and a Diabetes Educator for 20 years. Her passion is helping people empower themselves with behavioral change for optimal health. Type 1 diabetes management ( insulin pumps, CGMs, and new diabetes technology) is one of her major interests and focus.

Catherine has been a Program Coordinator for the American Diabetes Association’s Education Recognition Program in both Wyoming, and  San Francisco, California. She has worked in out-patient clinics, collaborated with hospital in-patient diabetes management, and is a pump and CGM trainer. 

She has traveled the world with her own insulin pump, and more recently a CGM. The latest and greatest in type 1 diabetes management continues to amaze her. Catherine loves to travel, rock climb, hike up mountains, read, cook and eat healthy foods.


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