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Why Aren’t Smart Contact’s the Solution to Vision Correction?

In the future, many people will be able to use smart contacts as a way of making calls to government agencies or law enforcement agencies for emergency purposes. Currently, many people are unable to receive certain benefits or services due to a lack of government-to-government contacts. For these individuals, the ability to make contacts with agencies that they would otherwise not have access to is very important. If these contacts were capable of sending data through wireless connections, then there would be an endless variety of new uses for smart contacts. Today, we are only aware of the government’s capabilities regarding wireless communications.


While most smart contacts aren’t yet available,

their development might change the way that certain circumstances are regulated and monitored. Prescription drugs are one instance where contact lenses might be beneficial. Glaucoma is also a condition where the internal fluid within the eyes builds up, putting pressure on the optic nerve, which are the cables that link the eye to the brain. When this happens, it causes loss of vision, and the loss may be permanent if it is left untreated. A contact lens that can deliver data from these contacts directly to the appropriate section of the health care system could mean the difference between life and death for someone that is suffering from glaucoma.


Medical researchers and scientists

have been working for some time on developing special computer software that interfaces with the eye. This software would collect data about a person’s eye health. The eye data would be analyzed by the computer, and then the computer would be able to relay that information to a series of different components. One of those components would be smart contacts that are worn by the patient.


The eye data

that the smart contacts would collect and transmit would include things like the cornea’s prescription, the irregularities in the eye, and even the amount of pressure being applied to the eye. If the data shows that something may be wrong, the smart contacts can alert the wearer to that fact. For instance, if the cornea is slightly bent, or there is some sort of refractive error, the wearer can either correct the error by wearing a different lens or have the smart contacts adjusted.


The data

that the contacts send back to the base unit are not always a true reflection of what is going on with the patient’s eye. However, the information that is gathered and analyzed provides medical researchers and technicians with enough information to ascertain whether a case of eye problems warrants wearing a contact lens or not. Of course, smart contact lenses can’t replace glasses when a person needs glasses for vision correction, but they can allow people who are wearing glasses to see without wearing their corrective lens.


Contact lens technology

is still relatively new and imperfect, but the potential applications of smart contacts seem to be endless. Even though contact lenses can’t replace glasses, they can certainly improve people’s lives. With smart contacts, people don’t have to deal with dry, strained eyes that can be caused by wearing glasses, or constantly adjusting their contact lens as they move around. There are many reasons why contact lenses may be better than glasses. Now that smart contact lenses are available, anyone interested should at least give them a try. And if nothing else, they might let you experience the world without your glasses.

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