Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness behind cataracts, but it’s treatable with early detection. Monitoring the pressure inside the eye is important and can lead to several treatment methods, including medication, laser procedures and surgery. Such monitoring requires a visit to the office, and these tests only give you results for that moment.
Researchers at Michigan State University are developing a device that could help doctors caring for glaucoma patients know when it’s time to act.
The team includes Dr. Wen Li, associate professor from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Dr. Arthur Weber, professor from the Department of Physiology in the MSU College of Human Medicine, and Hossein Kouhani, a graduate research assistant in the Michigan State University Department of Electrical Engineering.
Currently, the team is working on a completely non-invasive device for monitoring the pressure inside the eye. Essentially, it would be built into a contact lens, and would communicate changes in pressure to a receiver built into an otherwise typical pair of eyeglasses.
Recently, Hossein Kouhani had an interview with WKAR on this project.