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FAA Medical | Google Contact Lens Glucose Sensor
The initial presentation of any carbohydrate metabolism disorder requires an evaluation be performed to establish eligibility for FAA medical certification. Once approved by the FAA, Insulin Dependant diabetics must monitor glucose levels during flight.
On January 16, 2014 Brian Otis and Babak Parviz, released information via Google's Blog concerning a new lens which may soon help diabetic pilots.
Apparently they are in the development stage of a new lens which monitors the fluid in tears and could provide an easy way for pilots to track their glucose levels as required by the FAA. The lens measures glucose levels in tears using a tiny wireless chip and miniaturized glucose sensor that are embedded between two layers of soft contact lens material. The prototype generates a reading once per second and the goal is to present the wearer with early warning of harmful glucose levels. It is unclear how long it will be before this lens is available to the public.
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