China – Scientists create color-changing lenses for delivering eye treatments

Researchers from China Pharmaceutical University and Southeast University in China sought to create a drug-delivering contact lens that would change colour as the medication is released into the eye.

Beijing: Scientists have developed colour-changing contact lenses that can deliver drugs and monitor eye treatments. Researchers from China Pharmaceutical University and Southeast University in China sought to create a drug-delivering contact lens that would change colour as the medication is released into the eye. 

According to the study published in the journal ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, the lens could control and indicate the sustained release of many ophthalmic drugs

It is difficult to known how much medication is actually getting to the eye, when eye drops and ointments are administered. 

This is because the eyes tend to reject foreign elements, and tears start rapidly start flowing when something goes into the eye. 

While this process is usually helpful for avoiding infection and damage from foreign objects, it can hinder the uptake of much-needed medications…