We’ve learned the history of contact lenses and now it’s time to take a gander into the future. We don’t have a crystal ball, but we do have the Internet, and that’s pretty close to the same thing these days. Contacts have ranged from full glass eye panels to the thin plastic lens we know and love today. In the next five, 10, or even 20 years, we might have contacts that are the new smart devices. From entertainment purposes to administering medication, scientists have their eyes on contact lenses that are more useful than only correcting failing vision.
Contact Lens Advancements On The Horizon
Just like in all of the great sci-fi films, contact lenses of the future may give wearers access to a world powered by electricity. Electronics and eyeglasses are in the works as we speak, but applying this nano technology to a contact lens can help set the precedent for a new way of life, a way that monitors a person’s eye health, provides necessary information to avoid trouble, and one that makes it a bit easier to entertain on the go. However, one hurdle currently in the way of this sci-fi dream becoming a reality is the germs that can accumulate on contacts that are worn 24/7. Once this dilemma is solved, these futuristic lenses could easily become the new norm.
Right now, certain diseases such as glaucoma, diabetes, and high blood pressure can be detected through regular exams. People with these diseases visit specialists multiple times each year. With smart contact lenses, the lens itself could detect when pressure is high or blood sugar levels are off, so each person wouldn’t have to rely on regular testing. The results would be an instant alert to take action.
Some scientists are even working on contact lenses that administer medication when abnormal levels are detected.
Why not just take personal TV screens and put them in contact lenses? We’ve seen it in plenty of sci-fi movies and don’t believe it to be too far off for the way our society is headed. Wearable technology is the current trend, as people are always looking for an easier and more effective way to stay connected. So while smart contact lenses can provide numerous medical advancements, they are likely to make it easier to access the growing digital world where we now seek entertainment.
The past, present, and future of contact lenses keeps us busy here at Vision Care Centre. If you’re in the market for contact lenses, make an appointment at our eye clinic in Langley. We’re happy to help you find the right lens for you.