Use recent advances in nano and digital technology to develop ophthalmology applications such as smart contact lenses and eye-tracking glasses.
The first pair of glasses was assembled more than 700 years ago. For centuries, technology has provided us with new ways to remedy our visual impairments.
That story continues now that advancements in nano and digital technology find their way to ophthalmology. Imec is working on applications such as smart contact lens technology and eye-tracking for clinical research.
Imec’s expertise in miniaturization and flexible electronics come together in an integration platform for smart contact lenses. A thermoformed lens insert contains all the necessary integrated technology components, such as:
You can build on this platform to develop technological solutions for ophthalmologic challenges, such as:
Another way to make smart contact lenses is to integrate a number of sensing capabilities, like the monitoring of eye medicine concentration.
Read the press release on a smart contact lens, developed by imec and Ghent University, that mimicks the human iris to combat eye deficiencies.
Electro-oculography (EOG) is a technique that’s used in ophthalmology to examine eyes and record eye movements. An EOG is usually obtained by affixing electrodes around the eyes that measure potential differences.
Based on this principle, imec has developed a prototype of ergonomical eye-tracking glasses. They use dry electrodes that are built into the frame. Thanks to a Bluetooth connection and extreme low-power operation, these glasses can be used for continuous long-term monitoring in an everyday setting.
Both our smart contact lens as our EOG platforms are ready for further development. Access them through one of our R&D programs where you can tune our technologies to your own requirements. Or enter into a bilateral collaboration with imec and let our in-house experts guide you through the entire process of designing your market-ready solution.