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Google’s Next Amazing Thing: Glucose Testing Via Your Contact Lenses

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By Lynne Adkins

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (CBS) — Google, the tech company best known for its Internet search engine, is now working on a special contact lens for diabetics.

Diabetics must regularly monitor glucose levels, a process that requires taking drops of blood for testing.

Google is discussing the development of a contact lens that would measure the glucose level in tears.

Matt Petersen, managing director of medical information at the American Diabetes Association, calls the project intriguing.

“The simple fact that a company with that much ability to invest significant resources is involved makes it more interesting,” Petersen tells KYW Newsradio, adding a note of caution:  “Google is the first to say this is very preliminary.”

The company is working with the FDA on early clinical trials.