UW researchers have designed a sensor that could be placed permanently in a person’s eye to track changes in pressure, and transmit data regarding changes wirelessly using radio frequency waves. This device could be integrated into an artificial lens used for cataract surgery. This “smart” lens may offer physicians a better way to monitor eye pressure in individuals at risk for glaucoma.
UW faculty Dr. Karl Böhringer, professor of electrical engineering and bioengineering, Dr. Tueng Shen, professor of opthalmology and adjunct in bioengineering, and Dr. Buddy Ratner, professor of bioengineering and chemical engineering, collaborate on the research, published recently in the Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering. The team has filed patents on the initial prototype of the device.