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Sensory Substitution Devices Create 'Mental Images' for Blind Patients

January 23, 2015 9:18 am | by The Hebrew University of Jerusalem | News | Comments

Studying the brain activity of blind people, scientists at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem are challenging the standard view of how the human brain specializes to perform different kinds of tasks, and shedding new light on how our brains can...

Handheld Retinal Scanner Eases Childrens' Eye Exams

January 23, 2015 9:03 am | by Baylor Scott & White Health | News | Comments

Picture a toddler getting his first eye exam. He’s seated in a strange room, with strange instruments and strange bright lights. He can’t sit still or open his eyes long enough for that diagnostic poof of air – especially if he has trouble seeing...

Self-Administered Mobile Vision Screening App

January 22, 2015 11:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

EyeXam, the developer of the leading mobile vision screening app, today announced the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued a patent for EyeXam's self-administered vision screening method using a mobile computing device. The patent...

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13-Year-Old Boy Builds Braille Printer with Legos and Starts Company

January 20, 2015 2:05 pm | by Terence Chea, Associated Press | News | Comments

In Silicon Valley, it's never too early to become an entrepreneur. Just ask 13-year-old Shubham Banerjee. The California eighth-grader has launched a company to develop low-cost machines to print Braille, the tactile writing system for the visually...

Johns Hopkins Lab Receives Funding to Develop Retinal Prosthesis

January 15, 2015 10:20 am | by Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory | News | Comments

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), in Laurel, Maryland, has received $4 million in funding from the Mann Fund to develop a next-generation retinal prosthesis system. The Mann Fund was created by philanthropist...

Photos of the Day: 100 Years of Welch Allyn

January 8, 2015 10:32 am | by Welch Allyn | News | Comments

Dr. Francis Welch and William Noah Allyn developed the world's first handheld, direct-illuminating ophthmaloscope in 1915. Allyn first marketed the ophthmaloscope at an American Medical Association convention in New York City in 1920. At the...

New Technology Advances Eye Tracking as Biomarker for Brain Function and Brain Injury

December 17, 2014 10:39 pm | by NYU Langone Medical Center / New York University School of Medicine | News | Comments

Researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center have developed new technology that can assess the location and impact of a brain injury merely by tracking the eye movements of patients as they watch music videos for less than four minutes, according to a study...

Researcher 3D Prints LED onto Contact Lens

December 16, 2014 11:15 am | by John Sullivan, Office of Engineering Communications, Princeton | News | Comments

As part of a project demonstrating new 3D printing techniques, Princeton researchers have embedded tiny light-emitting diodes into a standard contact lens, allowing the device to project beams of colored light. Michael McAlpine, the lead researcher...

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Nanotubes May Restore Sight to Blind Retinas

December 3, 2014 10:11 am | by American Friends of Tel Aviv University | News | Comments

The aging process affects everything from cardiovascular function to memory to sexuality. Most worrisome for many, however, is the potential loss of eyesight due to retinal degeneration. New progress towards a prosthetic retina could help alleviate...

Seeing the Invisible Light — New Potential for Eye Disease Diagnosis

December 2, 2014 10:37 am | by Washington University School of Medicine | News | Comments

Any science textbook will tell you we can't see infrared light. Like X-rays and radio waves, infrared light waves are outside the visual spectrum. But an international team of researchers co-led by scientists at Washington University School of Medicine...

Bat-Inspired Device Could Help Blind Navigate

December 1, 2014 11:42 am | by Bonnie Davis Office of Communications and External Relations, Wake Forest | News | Comments

When a biologist who studies bats and a computer scientist cross paths, amazingly cool things can happen. Cool things such as a sonar device to assist the visually impaired. The idea came from biology professor William Conner, who for decades...

Novel System Measures Physicians' Fatigue Level through Eye Movement

November 26, 2014 1:22 pm | by University of Granada | News | Comments

An international team of scientists which includes researchers from the U. of Granada has demonstrated for the first time that it is possible to establish in an objective way the level of fatigue in physicians after long shifts through their eye movement...

Restoring Vision with Stem Cells

November 21, 2014 12:23 pm | by The Mount Sinai Hospital/Mount Sinai School of Medicine | News | Comments

The National Eye Institute (NEI), a division of the National Institutes of Health, has awarded researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai a five-year grant totaling $1 million that will support an effort to re-create a patients' ocular stem...

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Genetic Test for Eye Disorders Proves Very Effective

November 21, 2014 11:19 am | by Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary | News | Comments

Investigators at Massachusetts Eye and Ear and Harvard Medical School Department of Ophthalmology and colleagues reported the development and characterization of a comprehensive genetic test for inherited eye disorders in the online version of...

Improving Vision with Pac-Man

November 20, 2014 10:35 am | by Ohio State University | News | Comments

Scientists have created video games that add an important element of fun to the repetitive training needed to improve vision in people - including adults - with a lazy eye and poor depth perception. The training tools, including a Pac-Man-style "cat and mouse..."

3D Talking Maps Provide Independence for the Blind

November 19, 2014 3:54 pm | by University at Buffalo | News | Comments

Touch-responsive maps bring interactive wayfinding to a new level, providing independence to the visually impaired These maps are made for talking. And touching. And they’re beautiful, too. In partnership with Touch Graphics Inc., developers at the University...

'Whole You' Helps Patients with Mobility Challenges

November 19, 2014 1:08 pm | by Whole You | News | Comments

Dedicated to providing innovative solutions for those with sensory and physical mobility challenges, Whole You will draw upon the expertise and experience of its international holding company, Mitsui Chemicals, together with U.S. healthcare...

Microneedles Offer New Treatment Options for Eye Disease

November 17, 2014 2:15 pm | by John Toon, Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Needles almost too small to be seen with the unaided eye could be the basis for new treatment options for two of the world’s leading eye diseases: glaucoma and corneal neovascularization. The microneedles, ranging in length from 400 to 700...

Engineering an Electromagnetically Actuated Refreshable Braille Technology

November 17, 2014 9:54 am | by Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences | News | Comments

When Katherine (Katie) Cagen '14 was applying to Harvard, she made a new friend on campus who happened to be visually impaired. "I saw how much she relied on technology to be able to access her course materials," says Cagen. "Spending time with...

Cutting-Edge Femtosecond Laser Technology Treats Cataracts

November 13, 2014 4:04 pm | by Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary | News | Comments

Patients choosing cataract surgery at Massachusetts Eye and Ear may now elect to have laser-assisted cataract surgery with the femtosecond LensSx Laser. The hospital is one of the few in New England to offer the advanced technology, which enables surgeons...

Artificial Retina Could Someday Help Restore Vision

November 12, 2014 12:24 pm | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

The loss of eyesight, often caused by retinal degeneration, is a life-altering health issue for many people, especially as they age. But a new development toward a prosthetic retina could help counter conditions that result from problems ...

Southern Research Institute & UAB Partner to Develop Life-Changing Medical Devices

November 11, 2014 10:03 am | by Southern Research Institute & UAB | News | Comments

Southern Research Institute, developer of seven FDA-approved cancer drugs, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham, a leading research institution ranked 23rd nationally in NIH funding, have partnered to develop new medical ...

Microsoft Technology Aims to Assist the Visually Impaired

November 10, 2014 10:08 am | by Microsoft | Videos | Comments

See how new technology from Microsoft, charity Guide Dogs UK, and urban design firm Future Cities Catapult can help people with sight loss navigate cities like never before. Narrated by Jen Taylor, the voice of Cortana.    

Analysis Predicts Blindness from AMD

November 5, 2014 5:02 pm | by Stanford University Medical Center | News | Comments

Stanford University School of Medicine scientists have found a new way to forecast which patients with age-related macular degeneration are likely to suffer from the most debilitating form of the disease. The new method predicts, on a personalized...

Laser Eye Surgery Tech Has Roots in Space

November 5, 2014 2:16 pm | by European Space Agency | News | Comments

Laser surgery to correct eyesight is common practice, but did you know that technology developed for use in space is now commonly used to track the patient’s eye and precisely direct the laser scalpel? If you look at a fixed point while tilting...

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