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Two-Photon Ophthalmoscope for Super-Magnification of Retina

May 22, 2015 10:15 am | by Case Western Reserve University | News | Comments

Imagine an instrument that peers deep inside the eye and sees how well the retina's cells function. Such advanced technology would provide unprecedented options for early detection of disease -- not only of the eye, but other organs as well...

'Hydrogels' Help Stem Cells Restore Eyesight and Heal Brains

May 14, 2015 4:11 pm | by University of Toronto Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering | News | Comments

Toronto scientists and engineers have made a breakthrough in cell transplantation using a gel-...

High-Tech Lab Opens Up the Senses

May 11, 2015 10:48 am | by Monash University | News | Comments

A new-concept hub designed to tackle the research challenges of the internet age will open at ...

Improved Visual Performance in Microchip Eye Implants

May 11, 2015 9:56 am | by Austrian Science Fund (FWF) | News | Comments

To date, chip-based retinal implants have only permitted a rudimentary restoration of vision....

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Facial Recognition 'Smart' Cane for the Blind

May 8, 2015 9:37 am | by Birmingham City University | News | Comments

A revolutionary ‘smart’ cane enabling the visually impaired to instantly identify friends and family could be available soon, thanks to students at Birmingham City University. The ‘XploR’ mobility cane, being developed by ICT students...

Implant May Eliminate Need for Eye Drops After Cataract Surgery

May 7, 2015 3:32 pm | by Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) | News | Comments

Researchers have developed a drug-releasing implant that controls pain and inflammation, eliminating the need for eye drops following cataract surgery. The research is being presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Association for Research in...

5 Projects Looking to Restore Vision to the Blind

May 4, 2015 9:03 am | by NIH, National Eye Institute (NEI) | News | Comments

Five bold projects will develop new technology to noninvasively image cells of the eye in unprecedented detail. The National Eye Institute (NEI) announced the awards as part of its Audacious Goals Initiative. NEI has committed $3.8 million...

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New Computer-Based Vision Screening Test for Young Children

April 28, 2015 10:53 am | by Elsevier | News | Comments

Many eye disorders in young children are asymptomatic and may remain undetected without testing. Since effective treatments are available for many of those conditions, early identification and intervention are critical to prevent potentially...

Retinal Implant Could Restore Functional Sight

April 27, 2015 1:31 pm | by Stanford University | News | Comments

A team led by Stanford University researchers has developed a wireless retinal implant that they say could restore vision five times better than existing devices. Results in rat studies suggest it could provide functional vision to patients...

Might Consumer and MedTech Collaborations Win the Day?

April 23, 2015 2:31 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Blogs | Comments

While the traditional medical device OEMs are still focused on improving technologies and making healthcare devices more effective and efficient, they seem to be mired in a world of incremental innovation. Meanwhile, grabbing headlines and...

The App to Help End Cataract Blindness

April 22, 2015 3:44 pm | by HelpMeSee | News | Comments

HelpMeSee, a global campaign to eliminate cataract blindness, has successfully tested a pre-release version of its GIS-GPS app for community mobilization. The mobile app, currently for use on Android devices, will allow community health workers...

Non-Invasive OCT May Improve Management of Leading Causes of Blindness

April 21, 2015 9:44 am | by Oregon Health & Science University | News | Comments

Research published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) demonstrates that technology invented by researchers at Oregon Health & Science University's Casey Eye Institute can improve the clinical management of the...

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FDA Approves First-of-Its-Kind Corneal Implant

April 21, 2015 9:22 am | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved the KAMRA inlay, a device implanted in the cornea of one eye (the clear, front surface) to improve near vision in certain patients with presbyopia. It is the first implantable device for...

4-Channel Frame Grabber

April 16, 2015 2:13 pm | by Sensoray | Sensoray Company | Product Releases | Comments

Sensoray announces its new Model 2255 4-channel frame grabber, which captures uncompressed frames from four National Television System Committee (NTSC) or Phase Alternation by Line (PAL) video sources and sends them over USB 2.0 to a host computer. Frames...

Evaluating Balance in Glaucoma Patients with Virtual Reality

April 16, 2015 12:16 pm | by American Academy of Ophthalmology | News | Comments

Falls are the leading cause of injury-related death and morbidity in older adults, especially those with a chronic eye disease such as glaucoma. To investigate this problem, a multidisciplinary group of researchers has become the first...

You May Go Blind...but Your Brain Doesn't!

April 7, 2015 2:30 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

Restoring sight is tricky business, and this approach turns a blind eye to traditional rehabilitation for vision loss. Once the optic nerve is rendered useless, sadly there’s not much that can be done to regain vision. Sure, a bionic eye might...

Wearable Device Helps Visually Impaired Avoid Collision

March 27, 2015 9:46 am | by Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary | News | Comments

People who have lost some of their peripheral vision, such as those with retinitis pigmentosa, glaucoma, or brain injury that causes half visual field loss, often face mobility challenges and increased likelihood of falls and collisions...

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Carnival Game Mimics Eye Growth

March 27, 2015 9:35 am | by Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology | News | Comments

The motion of coins in a "Penny Pusher" carnival game is similar to the movement of cells in the eye's lens, as described in a new study published in Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science (IOVS). This new insight may help scientists...

Automated Braille Writing Tutor

March 25, 2015 9:56 am | by Byron Spice, Carnegie Mellon University | News | Comments

An innovative device developed by Carnegie Mellon University’s TechBridgeWorld research group to help visually impaired students learn how to write Braille using a slate and stylus is the winner of the 2014 Louis Braille Touch of Genius Prize...

Mobile System Captures High-Resolution Images Inside the Eye

March 18, 2015 10:23 am | by Mike Williams, Rice University | News | Comments

A smart and simple method developed at Rice University to image a patient’s eye could help monitor eye health and spot signs of macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy, especially in developing nations. The patient-operated, portable...

'Sunglasses on Demand' Change Color at the Touch of a Button

March 18, 2015 9:58 am | by American Chemical Society | Videos | Comments

Apart from their style, sunglasses have changed very little in the last few decades. Photochromic lenses that change from clear to tinted in sunlight were a big breakthrough. Now new research from ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces could...

Subway Navigation for the Blind

March 12, 2015 4:33 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

A new technology could help the blind navigate around busy subway stations. Wayfindr, which so far has been rolled out in one London Underground station, uses an app and Bluetooth technology to serve as a GPS for the underground commuter...

Finger-Mounted Reading Device for the Blind

March 10, 2015 10:54 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Researchers at the MIT Media Laboratory have built a prototype of a finger-mounted device with a built-in camera that converts written text into audio for visually impaired users. The device provides feedback — either tactile or audible...

Nanoparticles Help Put an End to Corneal Transplant Rejection

March 9, 2015 1:38 pm | by Johns Hopkins University | News | Comments

There are about 48,000 corneal transplants done each year in the U.S., compared to approximately 16,000 kidney transplants and 2,100 heart transplants. Out of the 48,000 corneal transplants done, 10 percent of them end up in rejection, largely...

3 Prescriptions for the 'Video Game Treatment'

March 6, 2015 3:33 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

I’m not just playing around when I claim that video games and their accompanying technologies prove themselves quite useful as medical devices. These games won’t just involve collecting experience to level up or upgrade a character’s powers or...

The Pulse: Robot Bear Nurse and Smart Bandages

March 4, 2015 10:11 am | by Jon Dipierro, Sean Fenske, and Sam Brusco | Videos | Comments

On this episode of the Pulse, we're being nursed back to health by a robotic bear, covering our boo-boos with electronically integrated smart bandages, jumping rope with an LED display that flashes the number of each jump right before our eyes...

Eye-Tracking Device to Better Understand Anxiety in Children

March 3, 2015 2:23 pm | by Penn State University | News | Comments

Koraly Perez-Edgar, a researcher in Penn State’s Department of Psychology, takes a remote-operated toy spider from a tall bookcase in her office, turns it on and places it on the linoleum floor. It’s gangly, about the size of a shoebox...

Infographic: 7 Teen Inventors Who Are Changing the World

February 26, 2015 4:23 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, ECN, @Kcpanetta and Larry Corby, Digital Artist | News | Comments

As we move through Engineers week, we need to take a minute to celebrate kids who are, mostly without the formal training, creating incredible things and making large steps in the medical, consumer, and engineering fields. We've pulled together...

Custom Contact Lenses for Growing Eye Slows Myopia Progression

February 25, 2015 1:56 pm | by Wolters Kluwer Health | News | Comments

A technique called orthokeratology ("Ortho-K")--using custom-made contact lenses to shape the growing eye--has a significant effect in slowing the progression of myopia (nearsightedness) in children, according to a research review in...

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