Diabetes technology is advancing at what seems to be the speed of light. One item, a new technologically advanced pair of eyeglasses, might help both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetics.
Autonomic neuropathy can cause damage to nerves that manage body functions like heart rate, blood pressure, bowel movements, bladder emptying, digestion, sweating and temperature control. If your body begins losing control these vital functions and you don't get treatment, all kinds of complications can arise, from the inconvenient to the deadly serious.
Early detection can make a huge difference in treating autonomic neuropathy, but most people don’t find out they have it until symptoms become noticeable. A new and simple way to test for autonomic neuropathy is with a pair of eyeglasses.
The journal "Applied Optics" reported a new pair of lightweight glasses that contain the technology to test for autonomic neuropathy in a fairly quick and totally painless way. A patient would need only to wear the glasses for about a half hour in a doctor's office to get a reading.
The glasses do this by measuring various parameters of the pupils, and can play a vital role in early detection. "Compared to the existing diagnostic techniques, the pupillometer is a more reliable, effective, portable and inexpensive solution for diagnosing diabetic autonomic neuropathy in its early stages," said lead researcher Mang Ou-Yang.
Clinical trials are still being conducted, but within a decade these glasses may become common technology.