35 Responses

  1. Aly
    Aly January 16, 2014 at 7:22 pm | | Reply

    HOLY WOW! I want it, and I want it nowwwwwww!

  2. David
    David January 16, 2014 at 8:46 pm | | Reply

    That’s what I say, too, HOLY WOW. Sci-fi cool.

  3. Pubsgal
    Pubsgal January 16, 2014 at 9:59 pm | | Reply

    A very big WOW was my first reaction, too. That, and sign me up to test it!

  4. Tim Omer
    Tim Omer January 17, 2014 at 2:43 am | | Reply

    Google getting evolved in diabetes management, just the press from this will be helpful to wake up others.

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  6. Joe
    Joe January 17, 2014 at 5:23 am | | Reply

    I read the article, and Google is not going to develop them any further or try to market them.

  7. Clyde Kaneko
    Clyde Kaneko January 17, 2014 at 8:31 am | | Reply

    I sure would like to try. I’ve had diabetes for 30 yrs.

  8. Rene Guim
    Rene Guim January 17, 2014 at 9:56 am | | Reply

    I have faith that Google will find a partner for this project.

    MIKE CONDI January 17, 2014 at 10:10 am | | Reply

    WOW !!!!!!! this is great. I want to get these when they come out. I would be very interested in volunteering if Google is having Clinical TrialsI please let me know

  10. TaurusGrrl
    TaurusGrrl January 17, 2014 at 1:15 pm | | Reply

    This reminds me of that San Diego area company that was trying to develop the glucose eye sensor years ago. But, unfortunately, that never happened. Great idea though!

  11. yolanda shippley
    yolanda shippley January 17, 2014 at 1:20 pm | | Reply

    I’m interested in this….please contact me when available and how I can recieve them….

  12. Tami
    Tami January 17, 2014 at 1:44 pm | | Reply

    I would love to be able to try this out..

  13. Don Ahlskog
    Don Ahlskog January 17, 2014 at 2:01 pm | | Reply

    Please put my name on the list!!

  14. mcityrk
    mcityrk January 17, 2014 at 4:01 pm | | Reply

    The pros-
    Deep pocketed enough to actually make a run at technologically pulling this off.
    Have the contacts to pull in specialized consultants to push through development problems.
    Don’t have the distratctions that smaller companies have had in just barely staying funded while they are trying to pull a technological rabbit out of the hat.

    The questions/cons-
    Are adequate efficacy, safety, accuracy, and lifetime technologically possible/probable at the scale of product introduction?
    Even if successful, it probably would not make much of a dent in their P&L statement, so where is the long-term company incentive for the long time frame needed to get to market.?
    What would they want from partners and how close is device to being actually approved for large scale human trials?

  15. Sandi
    Sandi January 17, 2014 at 4:12 pm | | Reply

    Can you imagine seeing LED’s lighting up in someone’s eyes? Ha

  16. David
    David January 17, 2014 at 4:21 pm | | Reply

    @Sandi, can we choose the color, lol

  17. Hallie
    Hallie January 17, 2014 at 4:23 pm | | Reply

    Pretty interesting – but what about us diabetics living in the desert? Is there enough liquid in our eyes for the lenses to measure?

  18. Margaret Daligadu
    Margaret Daligadu January 17, 2014 at 4:30 pm | | Reply

    I would love to be one of the people to test this amazing product, I hate pricking my fingers daily because of this I don’t test my glucose daily.

  19. June S.
    June S. January 17, 2014 at 6:56 pm | | Reply

    At first I thought it sounded exciting, but then it occurred to me that since I am a contact lens wearer because prescription lenses help me to see clearly, it would be took much to ask for the blood-glucose-sensing lenses to be available in my needed prescription. :-(

  20. Lesley McLean
    Lesley McLean January 17, 2014 at 9:11 pm | | Reply

    WOW!!! This will be a relief for many Diabetics, including my beautiful little Grandson!!!

  21. John
    John January 18, 2014 at 7:10 am | | Reply

    Once again, proof that disease maintenance gets all the drive. How about a cure and the rest of this doesn’t matter!

    1. Allison
      Allison January 28, 2014 at 9:12 am | | Reply

      A-freaking-men. This stuff is good, sure, but it’s not going to stop me from losing kidney function, vision, etc. over time.

  22. Simon
    Simon January 18, 2014 at 7:13 am | | Reply

    Echo Therapeutics has a much more practical glucose monitor. It is a transdermal sensor that just attaches to your skin and doesn’t use a needle like the current Dexcom or Medtronic sensors. You don’t have to put anything in your eye either. Echo is getting their sensor approved in Europe in April, and in the U.S. later this year.

  23. David
    David January 18, 2014 at 9:35 am | | Reply


    If Google is looking for a partner to help them develop and market they should call Al Mann.

  24. June S.
    June S. January 19, 2014 at 12:38 pm | | Reply

    If anyone from Google is reading these comments, I suggest you ask ophthalmologists whether or not they allow their Type I diabetic patients to wear contacts lenses 24 hours per day. Mine does not. Are you planning to make them for those of us with Type I who require prescription contact lenses? What will we do in the shower, or while swimming?

  25. mcityrk
    mcityrk January 19, 2014 at 6:25 pm | | Reply

    Seems like the probable scale-up necessary to make these profitably would tend to discriminate against specific prescription lenses that could only be used by a small subset of diabetic patients.

    Then of course there is the question if diabetic patients who don’t need contacts for optimal vision would be willing to wear these for the rest of their lives.

    Finally, what spec would be necessary before people would likely adopt the technology? Thinking specifically of calibration stability and frequency, how frequently the lenses would need to be changed, accuracy, cost, etc..

    Interesting for sure, but still a longshot.

    1. anondiabetic
      anondiabetic April 24, 2014 at 10:51 pm | | Reply

      As a diabetic with perfect vision, heck yes I would be okay with wearing these everyday for the rest of my life* to measure blood sugar levels that easily. If they can make these accurate and affordable I think they would be incredible. Next if they could have your pump automatically correct for these blood sugar readings that would be great.

      *Until hopefully someday they find a cure.

  26. Two great big hurdles for Google’s glucose-reading contact lenses: Accuracy, cost :

    [...] For a blog post yesterday, she talked to Brian Otis, the project’s co-founder, who said the team realized that accuracy is the biggest challenge. The good news is, Google isn’t trying to do all of the science and commercialization by itself. The project founders said in a blog post they’re in discussions with the FDA and are planning to look for partners. [...]

  27. fond of contact lenses
    fond of contact lenses February 12, 2014 at 12:39 pm | | Reply

    Wow! That is really gonna help folks with diabetes. Kool article.

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  29. Nathan Sokalski
    Nathan Sokalski August 3, 2014 at 10:09 pm | | Reply

    I have been diabetic for almost 30 years, and currently use an insulin pump by MiniMed. I think that if this could communicate with the pump to automatically adjust for more or less insulin, it could be a great combination. Even if I still had to do the finger pricking, it would definitely make those numbers better for a more consistent blood glucose level.

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