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Computer Software and Mathematical Theory to Improve Imaging Systems

August 28, 2014 3:59 pm | by Duke University | News | Comments

Sina Farsiu wants to figure out how to peer into your soul...or at least your brain. An expert in designing computer image processing algorithms, Farsiu is an assistant professor of ophthalmology at Duke Medicine who recently accepted a primary...

Simple Test could Detect Most Common Cause of Visual Impairment in the UK

August 28, 2014 11:46 am | by AlphaGalileo | News | Comments

A simple colour test that could detect the early onset of a condition which accounts for over...

Collaboration Aims to Reduce, Treat Vision Problems in Astronauts

August 27, 2014 3:21 pm | by University of Houston | News | Comments

To reduce and better treat spaceflight-induced visual impairment, University of Houston (UH)...

Eye Implant for Better Glaucoma Treatments

August 26, 2014 11:51 am | by Bjorn Carey, Stanford University | News | Comments

For the 2.2 million Americans battling glaucoma, the main course of action for staving off...

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Changes in the Eye Can Predict Changes in the Brain

August 25, 2014 11:08 am | by Gladstone Institutes | News | Comments

Researchers at the Gladstone Institutes and University of California, San Francisco have shown that a loss of cells in the retina is one of the earliest signs of frontotemporal dementia (FTD) in people with a genetic risk for the disorder...

New DNA Test for Diagnosing Diseases Linked to Childhood Blindness

August 22, 2014 10:21 am | by American Academy of Ophthalmology | News | Comments

Researchers in the United Kingdom have demonstrated that advanced DNA testing for congenital cataracts can quickly and accurately diagnose a number of rare diseases marked by childhood blindness, according to a study published online today in...

Research Sites Investigating Medical Device Proven to Restore Vision, Improve Quality of Life in Seniors

August 19, 2014 10:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Dr. David Boyer with Retina-Vitreous Associates Medical Group and Dr. Samuel Masket with Advanced Vision Care announced they are participating in a nationwide, post-approval study of the Implantable Miniature Telescope (by Dr. Isaac Lipshitz)...

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Engineering Long-Lasting Joint Lubrication by Mimicking Nature

August 18, 2014 4:12 pm | by Johns Hopkins Medicine | News | Comments

By finding a way to bind a slippery molecule naturally found in the fluid that surrounds healthy joints, Johns Hopkins researchers have engineered surfaces that have the potential to deliver long-lasting lubrication at specific spots throughout...

Global Tissue Engineering and Regeneration Market to Reach $56.9 Billion in 2019

August 18, 2014 10:09 am | by BCC Research | News | Comments

BCC Research reveals in its new report, Tissue Engineering and Regeneration: Technologies and Global Markets, the global market for tissue engineering and regeneration is expected to grow to $56.9 billion by 2019, with a five-year compound...

Artificial Retina: Physicists Develop an Interface to the Optical Nerve

August 7, 2014 10:10 am | by Technische Universitaet Muenchen | News | Comments

Graphene is viewed as a kind of "miracle solution": It is thin, transparent and has a tensile strength greater than that of steel. In addition, it conducts electricity better than copper. Since it comprises only a single layer of carbon atoms...

Life-Changing Ideas Win Google Impact Challenge

August 6, 2014 11:12 am | by Oxford University | News | Comments

Two projects involving Oxford University technology are winners of the 2014 Google Impact Challenge, and will each receive £500,000. The two projects are smart glasses for people with sight loss to make the most of their remaining vision...

New Gadget Helps the Vision-Impaired to Read Graphs

August 4, 2014 9:10 am | by Curtin University | News | Comments

People who are blind can now read more than just words, such as graphs and graphics, following the development of an affordable digital reading system by Curtin University researchers. Opening up new career paths and educational opportunities...

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Vision-correcting electronic displays could let users dispense with glasses

July 31, 2014 4:00 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers at the MIT Media Laboratory and the University of California at Berkeley have developed a new display technology that automatically corrects for vision defects — no glasses (or contact lenses) required. The technique could lead to

Genetic Test That Can Prevent Corneal Blindness

July 24, 2014 11:27 am | by SingHealth | News | Comments

A team of eye doctors and scientists from Singapore have developed Asia's first genetic test for identifying patients with a type of eye disease that affects the cornea called corneal stromal dystrophy which can lead to blurring and loss of...

Successful Implantation of Micro-Sensor for Intraocular Pressure Measurement in Glaucoma Patient

July 24, 2014 11:18 am | by B3C newswire | News | Comments

Implandata Ophthalmic Products GmbH (Implandata) reports the successful implantation of the first patient within the ARGOS-02 clinical study at Augenklinik Bellevue in Kiel, Germany. In the ARGOS-02 clinical study, six eye centers in Germany...

Researchers Develop High-Precision Software for Diagnosing Eye Sensitivity

July 22, 2014 9:56 am | by Asociación RUVID | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of Alicante have developed high-precision software for diagnosing eye sensitivity. This is a new technology that allows to quantify the degree of opacity in the posterior capsule of the eye caused by the growth...

Squid Skin Protein Could Improve Biomedical Technologies

July 17, 2014 2:35 pm | by University of California - Irvine | News | Comments

The common pencil squid (Loliginidae) may hold the key to a new generation of medical technologies that could communicate more directly with the human body. UC Irvine materials science researchers have discovered that reflectin, a protein...

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Bausch + Lomb's Femtosecond Laser Platform Receives 510(k) Clearance from FDA for Lens Fragmentation Procedure

July 17, 2014 10:52 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. has announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Bausch + Lomb has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the VICTUS Femtosecond Laser Platform for laser...

New Eyeglass Lens Helps Our Eyes Keep Up with Our Digital Lives

July 16, 2014 10:01 am | by ZEISS Vision Care | News | Comments

More than any other generation, Millennials born in the 80s and 90s love their smartphones and tablet computers – but their eyes don’t. These mobile devices demand a type of vision that humans have never needed before, and the eye has not...

Novartis, Google to Develop 'Smart' Contact Lens

July 15, 2014 10:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Swiss drug developer Novartis will team with technology giant Google to develop a "smart" contact lens that could improve some eye conditions or help diabetics manage their disease. Terms of the agreement between the companies were not...

Study of Noninvasive Retinal Imaging Device Presented at Alzheimer's Conference

July 14, 2014 10:27 am | by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center | News | Comments

A noninvasive optical imaging device developed at Cedars-Sinai can provide early detection of changes that later occur in the brain and are a classic sign of Alzheimer's disease, according to preliminary results from investigators conducting...

Smell and Eye Tests Show Potential to Detect Alzheimer's Early

July 14, 2014 10:23 am | by Alzheimer's Association | News | Comments

A decreased ability to identify odors might indicate the development of cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease, while examinations of the eye could indicate the build-up of beta-amyloid, a protein associated with Alzheimer's, in the brain...

Quantel Medical's Optimis Fusion Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance

July 9, 2014 4:05 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Quantel Medical today announced FDA 510(k) clearance for its Optimis Fusion integrated laser platform. The Optimis Fusion system combines advanced selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT) photoregeneration therapy and traditional YAG photodisruption...

3D-Printed Device Reads to the Blind in Real Time

July 8, 2014 10:43 am | by Rodrique Ngowi, Associated Press | News | Comments

Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are developing an audio reading device to be worn on the index finger of people whose vision is impaired, giving them affordable and immediate access to printed words. The so-called...

Photos of the Day: Fingertip Reading Device for the Blind

July 8, 2014 10:43 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Reading is as easy as pointing the finger at text. Special software tracks the finger movement, identifies words and processes the information. The device has vibration motors that alert readers when they stray from the script, said Roy...

Dental Pulp Stem Cells Promote the Survival and Regeneration of Retinal Cells After Injury

July 7, 2014 1:41 pm | by Neural Regeneration Research | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of Birmingham, UK, led by Dr. Ben Scheven, Dr. Wendy Leadbeater and Ben Mead have discovered that stem cells isolated from the teeth, termed dental pulp stem cells (DPSC), can protect retinal ganglion cells (RGCs)...

UTSA Research May Help Prevent Eye Injuries Among Soldiers

July 7, 2014 8:56 am | by K.C. Gonzalez, UTSA | News | Comments

Researchers at UTSA are discovering that the current protective eyewear used by our U.S. armed forces might not be adequate to protect soldiers exposed to explosive blasts. According to a recent study, ocular injuries now account for 13...

Researchers Regrow Corneas from an Adult Human Stem Cell

July 2, 2014 3:17 pm | by Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary | News | Comments

Boston researchers have identified a way to enhance regrowth of human corneal tissue to restore vision, using a molecule known as ABCB5 that acts as a marker for hard-to-find limbal stem cells. This work, a collaboration between the...   

Blind Lead the Way in Brave New World of Tactile Technology

July 2, 2014 8:12 am | by University of California - Berkeley | News | Comments

Imagine feeling a slimy jellyfish, a prickly cactus or map directions on your iPad mini Retina display, because that's where tactile technology is headed. But you'll need more than just an index finger to feel your way around. New research...

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