Technology has revolutionized many industries, and optometry is no exception. Smart contact lenses are a prime example of this innovation. These lenses not only offer clear vision but also feature advanced capabilities, including sensors and microelectronics that allow the wearer to monitor their eye and general health like never before.
At Midwest Eye Associates in St. Peters and St. Charles, we offer a variety of contact lenses for clear, comfortable vision.
What are Smart Contact Lenses?
Smart contact lenses give you more than just visual clarity. They’re designed to perform a specific function — with some smart contact lenses offering health monitoring, allergy relief, medication, and more.
As technology continues to advance, there’s no limit to how specialized smart contact lenses will become. Some eye experts have forecasted that smart lenses fitted with batteries, cameras, and sensors will be made available to the public as soon as the research and development phase is complete.
Benefits of Smart Contact Lenses
One of the main benefits of smart contact lenses is that they offer exceptional visual acuity (clarity or sharpness of vision). They don’t directly correct vision problems but can be fitted with prescription lenses that allow wearers to achieve 20/20 vision. This makes them a comfortable and convenient alternative to traditional eyewear.
Health Monitoring Features
Smart contact lenses integrate advanced sensors and microelectronics into their design, allowing you to monitor various aspects of your health seamlessly. For example, they can measure glucose levels in tears, which benefits people with diabetes who are at risk of developing diabetic retinopathy and other serious eye diseases. These lenses can also track intraocular pressure — essential for people at risk for glaucoma.
Early Disease Detection
Smart contact lenses' health monitoring abilities allow wearers to detect certain eye conditions and diseases early. By consistently monitoring biomarkers, such as protein levels or pH balance, they can alert wearers and eye care professionals about potential health issues.
This proactive approach allows for prompt diagnosis and treatment for dry eye syndrome, eye allergies, and severe diseases such as cataracts or macular degeneration.
Protecting Your Eyes From Harm
Although smart contact lenses offer many benefits, it’s essential to protect your eyes from harm by avoiding habits that can negatively affect them, such as excessive screen time without breaks, poor lighting conditions, and neglecting proper contact lens hygiene.
Contact Lens Eye Exams in St. Charles
Book a contact lens exam at Midwest Eye Associates in St. Charles or St. Peters to learn more about how you can use your insurance benefits for smart contact lenses.
1. Are smart contact lenses available for commercial use?
Smart contact lenses are still in the early stages of development and are not widely available for commercial use. However, certain smart contacts, such as those that promote wound healing and provide allergy relief, can be prescribed by your eye doctor.
2. How much do smart contact lenses cost?
The cost depends on factors such as technology, manufacturing processes, research expenses, and market demand. Speak with your eye care professional to learn more.