Nurses tasked with inserting intravenous units may have help on the way with the Eyes-On Glass System. With point-of-care wearable unit, developed jointly by Evena Medical and Epson, they will be able to see “through” a patient’s skin to the vasculature beneath, enabling them to see and access those hard-to-locate veins. The glasses were demonstrated at the Medica conference in Dusseldorf, Germany.

The patented design incorporates multi-spectral 3D imaging and wireless connectivity. According to the company, it’s the first vein detection device to deliver clear, anatomically accurate, real-time imaging in a wearable, hands-free, and cart-free system.

The unit employs Epson’s Moverio “smart glasses” technology and “look-through” technology. The binocular design projects overlays of digital content onto the real world in the center of the wearer’s field of view.

Digital storage within the system facilitates verification and documentation of vein patency throughout a patient’s stay in the hospital, and offers telemedicine capability to remotely share images.