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Health Tech: Smart Technology for Soft Contact Lenses

What if you could see your smartphone screen when it’s still in your pocket? This science fiction could become fact with smart contact lenses.

It’s a lot of fun living in the Information Age. I used to have to run to the library and spend hours looking up the answers to questions. Now I just ask Google. But what if I didn’t even have to look at my phone? What if I had a virtual screen that was always available? The idea is not as crazy as it may sound. Researchers have developed a way to incorporate flexible electronic circuitry in soft contact lenses. They created prototypes using standard Bausch & Lomb hydrogel lenses, but the technology can work with other lenses as well. The circuits could be used to create virtual displays so that you could discretely read information without anyone around you seeing it. Smart contact lenses could even provide vision correction or aid people with limited vision. It would be like wearing a pair of augmented reality glasses all the time.

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Written by Alfred Poor

Alfred Poor is an "Into Tomorrow" Contributing Correspondent, health tech speaker, writer and the founding Editor of Health Tech Insider: a website and industry newsletter that covers wearable and mobile technology for health and medical applications. With more than 2,400 articles published on the site, he has a broad perspective of where the global industry stands today and where it’s headed... Into Tomorrow.

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