Patent intraocular lenses
Connected lenses seem to be a matter of substance X in the labs of Google. In 2014, Novartis announced that its Alcon subsidiary signed an agreement with Google in this area.
- What is Electro-active intraocular lenses?
Google has indeed presented a prototype of smart contact lenses (called ‘Smart Contacts’) for diabetics.Equipped with miniaturized microprocessors (not on a PCB but between two flexible layers “biocompatible”) and connected, they must allow to monitor the blood glucose second by second by analyzing the content of tears. What to avoid diabetes pricking the finger several times a day to this monitoring. Meanwhile, Google said testing on men a second prototype with corrective lenses for presbyopia, unable to read closely.
Equipped with mini-sensors, these lenses are designed to constantly adapt the vision according to the ambient light so you can see both near and far.
Today, the engine seems to go even further. A patent discovered by Forbes describes an intraocular lens that is directly grafted onto the patient’s eye. This is according to the description of Google to replace the natural lens of the eye to correct vision but not only because the device would also be able to embed sensors, a battery and a radio component to communicate. Of true science fiction. Recall that Samsung has also filed a patent connected lenses. The device is connected to a smartphone may incorporate a camera and allow to display captured images directly on the lens itself stuck on the retina of the user. Patent intraocular lenses
The present invention relates to field of Intraocular Lenses (IOLs). In particular, the present invention relates to Intraocular Lenses wherein an electro-active element provides at least a portion of the IOL’s refractive power, or prismatic power, or at least a portion of the tinting.
Intraocular lenses (IOLs) are typically permanent, plastic lenses that are surgically implanted inside of the eyeball to replace or supplement the eye’s natural crystalline lens. They have been used in the United States since the late 1960s to restore vision to cataract patients, and more recently are being used in several types of refractive eye surgery.
Obviously, nothing says that this patent (or that of Google) will one day be exploited but it illustrates the will of the giants of information technology to diversify the possibilities of use.
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