The company is interested in helping diabetics manage their disease, but also in helping people with presbyopia, or the gradual loss of the eyes’ ability to focus on nearby objects, who can no longer read without glasses. The lens, Novartis said, could help provide vision correction to restore the eye’s natural autofocus.
“Our dream is to use the latest technology in the miniaturization of electronics to help improve the quality of life for millions of people,” Sergey Brin, Google’s co-founder.
Diabetes is an enormous and growing health problem worldwide. About 382 million people have diabetes globally, a number that is expected to rise to 592 million by 2035, according to the International Diabetes Foundation. There are two forms of the disease, and the most common one, Type 2, is increasing in every country.
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