Diabetes Monitoring & Screening
The eye is often described as a ‘window to the soul’, but it also provides a fascinating insight into the health of the body.
We're pioneering technological solutions to screen for, and monitor, some of humanity's greatest health challenges. Starting with diabetes.
people in UK suffer from diabetes
Have pre-diabetes and left unchecked will likely develop diabetes within 10 years
The Diabetes Problem
unaware they have the disease
1 in 10
people over 40 in the UK are now living with a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes
the annual cost to NHS to treat patients with diabetes & related complications.
could be saved by preventing just 10% of people with pre-diabetes developing the disease
“The signs of Type 2 diabetes are often not obvious, that’s why spotting them early can be life-changing. Early diagnosis means that fewer people will experience diabetes-related complications such as sight loss, amputation, kidney failure, stroke and heart disease because they could seek support to manage their condition effectively as soon as possible."
Chris Askew, Chief Executive of Diabetes UK
Why should you join our community?
Occuity has a mission to improve the screening and monitoring of some of humanity's greatest health challenges - starting with diabetes.
If you believe in our vision, please sign up as only if we have your support are we ever going to be successful in creating a better way to screen and monitor for this disease.
Benefits & Opportunities
Be Informed - Stay up-to-date with our progress
Inform Us - Take part in surveys and groups - ultimately helping our R&D team make crucial decisions on design, function, name, look, feel and more.
Take Part - Help us with crucial clinical trials (remember our device will be non-contact and pain-free!) and tell us your story of living with diabetes - using the form below.
Reviews - Help us spread the word by being amongst the first to use the Occuity Glucose Monitor
Thank you for all your support.
Is Occuity a charity?
Occuity is a small medtech start up with a big vision - to change the lives of millions of people by developing easier, safer and better solutions to current invasive diabetes screening and monitoring techniques.
What is wrong with existing finger prick testing methods?
Existing methods for monitoring diabetes involve using a drop of blood to test blood glucose levels. Of course this involves taking blood - which is an invasive practice - and when done regularly has many negative side effects.
It can be painful
Regular pricking fingers can lead to hardening of the skin and even potential nerve damage
There is an inherent risk of infection
It is a relatively complicated and time consuming process - especially for young children and the elderly.
It requires considerable care to be taken such as handwashing.
It involves a lot of waste - disposable lancets and test strips - 44+ million Finger prick tests performed daily worldwide!
When I sign up, how will you use my data?
We will never sell your data or pass it on to third parties.
We will not send you needless communications (spam) and you can opt-out at any time.
Newsletter - We will send you our newsletter, so you can keep up to date with our progress. After all, you'll likely want to know how we're getting on.
Surveys - We might send you the occasional survey to help us answer questions that can help us make decisions on the Indigo's development.
Opportunities - We'll let you know about any research groups or clinical trials we organise, giving you the opportunity to express your interest in taking part.
- Your Story - We may ask you to tell us your story and help.
How can I purchase the Occuity Glucose Monitor?
The Occuity Glucose Monitor is currently in the research and development phase and is not available for purchase.
How much will the Occuity Glucose Monitor cost?
As we are still in the research and development phase, this has not yet been determined. We will pursue all avenues to get the monitor to as many people as possible and the Occuity Glucose Monitor will be very competitively priced. The intention is that the meter will be provided on a contract – like a mobile phone – rather than sold outright. And the price per month will be similar.
What will the Occuity Glucose Monitor be like?
As a personal use device it is important to us that the Occuity Glucose Monitor is a pleasure to own and to use.
When will the Monitor be available?
The Occuity Glucose Monitor is currently in the research and development phase. The development of medical devices necessarily takes a number of years as it is necessary to build prototypes, undertake extensive clinical trials and submit the results for detailed regulatory approval.
But you can help to accelerate this timeline by letting us know what you want to see in the meter and perhaps by being involved in the trials.
Sign up to our newsletter to be the first to hear our news and find out more about our progress.
Will there be any opportunities to invest in Occuity?
Occuity recently completed a successful round of funding through the Angel Investment Network which is enabling us to accelerate the research and development of our portfolio of products.
The Occuity Glucose Monitor
We're working on the research and development of a revolutionary new way of monitoring blood glucose levels. The Occuity Glucose Monitor will make it easier for people to check their glucose levels through a simple scan of the eye, removing the need for them to endure painful, complicated and invasive finger-prick blood tests.
The handheld monitor will work by measuring subtle changes within the anterior chamber of the eye in just a few seconds before analysing the results instantly to determine blood glucose levels.
As this technique will be non-invasive, simple to use and require no other disposable items, users will be able to perform tests as regularly as they need to, with no additional costs.
NB. The Occuity Glucose Monitor is still in the research and development phase.
No risk of infection
None of the side effects associated with finger-prick tests
Simple Compact Handheld Design
State of the Art Optical Technology
With the scale of diabetes a growing problem, early intervention is crucial as the longer diabetes goes undetected, the more damaging its effects can be. However for diabetes to be detected effectively, a viable, simple to use device that can be used repeatedly in a non-clinical setting is required – namely the Occuity Diabetes Screening device.
The need for early detection and Diabetes screening
We are working on the development of a diabetes screening device that will be capable of being used by both clinicians and non-clinicians. It will be available as a service in opticians, pharmacies and care homes or even for personal use by individuals themselves in entirely non-clinical settings.
Building on our world-leading optical technology, our screening device will have fluorescence capability. This new technology provides the capability to detect disease markers in the eye such as AGE’s (Advanced Glycation End products) in the case of diabetes and pre-diabetes or Amyloid Plaques in respect of Alzheimer’s disease.
Diabetes and you
Let us know your thoughts
If you're affected by diabetes or know someone who is, and want to leave us a message about your experiences with existing glucose monitoring methods and your views on our development of non-contact optical glucose monitor, we'd love to hear from you.