HealthWatch: New Invention Could Prevent Vision Loss For Diabetics


CHARGED WITH GAMING FRAUD AND HE SURRENDERED TO POLICE LAST THURSDAY. TONIGHT’S HEALTH WATCH, ENCOURAGING NEWS ABOUT A WAY TO PREVENT A COMPLICATION OF DIABETES. IT IS A SOFT CONTACT LENS THAT GLOWS IN THE DARK WHILE YOU SLEEP. IT ACTUALLY FOOLS THE EYE. THIS IS POTENTIALLY REALLY BIG. 30 MILLION AMERICANS HAVE DIABETES. IT IS A DEVASTATING COMPLICATION THAT MANY OF THEM FACE AND THAT IS DAMAGE TO THE LIGHT SENSITIVE RETINA IN THE BACK OF THE EYE. THERE ARE SOME TREATMENTS BUT NONE AS SIMPLE AS THIS EXPERIMENTAL CONTACT LENS. HERE IS THE CONTACT LENS. COLLIN COOK WATCHED DIABETES TAKE HIS AUNT’S VISION AND EVENTUALLY HER LIFE. HE IS NOW ON A MISSION TO STOP IT FROM TAKING THE VISION OF OTHERS. THE CAL TECH GRADUATE STUDENT DESIGNED THESE LENSES TO PREVENT THE CONDITION THAT LEADS TO V IN THE RETINA WHICH CAUSES BLINDNESS IN DIABETIC. THE SMALL VESSELS THAT FEED THE RETINA DIE OFF BECAUSE OF THE DIABETES AND THE RETINA DIES BECAUSE OF LACK OF OXYGEN. OUR EYES AT NIGHT CONSUME MORE OXYGEN IN THE DARK THAN IN THE LIGHT. COOK DESIGNED THE LENSES TO BE WORN WHILE SLEEPING EMITTING ENOUGH OF A GLOW FOR THE RETINA TO DETECT. IT TRICKS THE EYE INTO THINKING IT IS DAYTIME AND THEY DO NOT CONSUME AS MUCH OXYGEN. IT HELPS PRESERVE THE RETINA. THE LENSES OFFER AN ALTERNATIVE TO PAINFUL TREATMENTS LIKE INJECTIONS IN THE EYE. HE FORESEES TEMPORARY REPAIRS FOR USERS EVEN THOUGH THEY ARE MADE TO LAST 12 YEARS. HE BELIEVES THE INVENTION COULD HELP MAINTAIN VISION FOR YEARS. BECAUSE THE CONTACT IS SO CLOSE TO THE RETINA AND MOVES WITH THE EYE, THE GLOW GOES UNNOTICED BY THE BRAIN, ALLOWING USERS TO SLEEP DESPITE THE HEIGHT. HE HOPES TO START USING THEM IN

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