Diabetes test: It’s in the eye

Berkshire-based Lein Applied Diagnostics is developing a blood glucose meter which uses optical measurement to track the amount of glucose in the eye, a technology that could transform the way people with diabetes test their blood glucose levels.

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In recent clinical tests, the prototype meter performed well when tested on volunteers of various ages and on those with contact lenses. We are working closely with a range of expert partners including Sira, the University of Manchester and the Institute of Photonics at the University of Strathclyde which provide invaluable ophthalmic and optical support, said director Dr Dan Daly. Our ultimate aim is to produce a small, battery-powered device that can be carried around in a pocket or handbag.

To monitor their levels, people with Type 1 diabetes currently have to take a blood sample from a finger prick test four or five times a day which can be painful, unhygienic and inconvenient.



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