X-Ray glasses, which we may associate with a special agent, have just been given a practical twist. Thanks to the Silicon Valley-based company Evena Medical, there is now a pair of x-ray glasses that can help eradicate the harrowing experience of having a needle jabbed into a vein.
The Eyes-On Glasses give the medical profession the ability to clearly see the veins under your skin and choose the “best” vein for carrying out the necessary procedure.
Evena already have equipment similar to Eyes-On but it is rather big and cumbersome, needing to be manouvered from room to room. The advantage of Eyes-On is that they can be worn like a pair of glasses, not too dissimilar to Google Glass. Hopefully these will make the process of locating veins a lot easier, especially in areas needing a more delicate approach like neonatal care.
“Studies have shown that up to 40 percent of IV starts require multiple attempts to locate and access a vein, which not only wastes valuable nursing time but also delays therapy and causes patient discomfort and dissatisfaction,” said Frank Ball, Evena Medical President and CEO, in a statement. “With Evena’s Eyes-On Glasses, nurses can quickly and easily locate and access the best veins for each patient – even in challenging clinical environments such as pediatric or neonatal units.”
Images of patients’ vein patterns can be stored on the device, enabling nurses to easily share these with doctors straight from the glasses.
It is the printer producing company Epson that is behind the technology. Epson’s Moverino smartgalsses technology uses augmented reality, with a transparent display that “projects overlays of digital content onto the real-world in the center of the wearer’s field of view … enabling a seamless blend of the physical and digital worlds,” according to Evena.
The Eyes-On Glasses are expected to be shipped in the first quarter of next year.
Although not as sleek looking as Google Glass, they certainly have a practical use.
[Image via Evena Medical]