'Revolutionary future' for contact lenses -- drug delivery, disease monitoring and more

March 31, 2016

March 31, 2016 - Imagine contact lenses that can deliver medicines directly to the eye, slow progression of nearsightedness in children, or monitor glucose levels in patients with diabetes. Those are some of the emerging advances in contact lens technology reported in the April special issue of Optometry and Vision Science, official journal of the American Academy of Optometry. The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer.

The special issue on "Revolutionary Future Uses of Contact Lenses" presents original research and reviews on proposed new uses for contact lenses. Taking advantage of new materials and technologies, these ideas go far beyond the traditional use of contact lenses for vision correction, offering potential new treatments for eye diseases, along with new approaches to monitoring of medical conditions.

New Technologies Open Exciting New Uses for Contact Lenses

The special issue was assembled by an international expert panel, led by Lyndon Jones, PhD, FCOptom, of University of Waterloo, Ont., Canada. It features 13 papers on new and emerging applications--some still under development, some already available--for contact lens technology: Other technologies in earlier stages of development include accommodating contact lenses capable of changing change focus, "wearable displays" using contact lenses, and lenses with "photonic modulation" for treatment of seasonal affective disorder. "The advances in contact lens technology, especially imaging and new biocompatible materials, has made such possibilities a reality," comments Anthony Adams, OD, PhD, Associate Editor of Optometry and Vision Science. "Researchers are already proposing solutions to the clinical and research challenges posed by these revolutionary new uses of contact lenses, going well beyond vision correction."
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About Optometry and Vision Science

Optometry and Vision Science, official journal of the American Academy of Optometry, is the most authoritative source for current developments in optometry, physiological optics, and vision science. This frequently cited monthly scientific journal has served primary eye care practitioners for more than 75 years, promoting vital interdisciplinary exchange among optometrists and vision scientists worldwide.

About the American Academy of Optometry

Founded in 1922, the American Academy of Optometry is committed to promoting the art and science of vision care through lifelong learning. All members of the Academy are dedicated to the highest standards of optometric practice through clinical care, education or research.

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