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3D Printed 'Masks' Serve Eye Cancer Patients

October 20, 2014 10:42 am | by American Academy of Ophthalmology | News | Comments

Researchers have developed a fast and inexpensive way to make facial prostheses for eye cancer patients using facial scanning software and 3-D printing, according to findings released at AAO 2014, the 118th annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology...

Tear Duct Implant Reduces Pain and Inflammation in Cataract Patients

October 20, 2014 10:01 am | by American Academy of Ophthalmology | News | Comments

The first tear duct implant developed to treat inflammation and pain following cataract surgery has been shown to be a reliable alternative to medicated eye drops, which are the current standard of care, according to a study presented at AAO 2014...

The Pulse: Robotic Spoon Feeding and Watching You Sleep

October 16, 2014 10:28 am | by John Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

On this episode of the Pulse, we’re feeding the disabled with a robotic spoon, fighting DME with an implant in the eye, improving restfulness by watching you sleep, and evaluating head impacts in real time. Robotic Spoon Feeds Disabled:...

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Retinal Prosthesis Provides Light/Darkness Differentiation

October 15, 2014 11:10 am | by Duke Medicine | Videos | Comments

Larry Hester, 66, has been blind for half his life from a condition called retinitis pigmentosa. In September, 2014, an electronic stimulator was surgically implanted in his left eye. On October 1st, 2014 Duke eye surgeon Dr. Paul Hahn turned ...

New York State: A Beacon for Bio/Med Growth

October 15, 2014 8:30 am | by Jessica Crawford, President, MedTech Association | Blogs | Comments

The Bio/Med Breakthroughs: Advancing New York’s Innovation Economy industry report by MedTech, the trade association for bioscience and medical technology (Bio/Med) companies in New York, which was launched at MEDTECH 2014, reveals a number...

EyeWear Computer Assists Vision Impaired

October 14, 2014 1:09 pm | by Monash University | News | Comments

Monash researchers have scooped an award at an international symposium on wearable computers. A Monash PhD student Titus Tang and his supervisor Dr Wai Ho Li, from Monash Vision Group and the Department of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering won the Best Paper Award...

Moving Toward a Whole-Eye Transplantation

October 8, 2014 10:08 am | by University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences | News | Comments

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine researchers have been awarded $1.25 million from the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) to fund two projects that aim to establish the groundwork for the nation's first whole-eye transplantation program...

Bionic Vision Australia Successfully Completes Clinical Trial of Implant in Retinitis Pigmentosa

September 30, 2014 11:35 am | by Bionic Vision Australia | News | Comments

Bionic Vision Australia (BVA), a consortium of researchers working together to develop bionic eye devices to restore a sense of vision to people with profound vision loss, today announced the successful completion of the first clinical trial...

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Alimera, pSivida Say FDA Clears Eye Implant

September 29, 2014 10:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Alimera Sciences and pSivida said Friday the FDA approved their eye disease implant Iluvien. Iluvien is an implant delivered by injection that is intended to treat diabetic macular edema, a condition that can cause blurred vision and blindness.

Aurora Prototype Device Helps the Blind Pulse Through Obstacles

September 23, 2014 9:42 am | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

Hungarian engineers have created Aurora, a prototype device to help blind people detect obstacles as they walk, via an ultrasonic distance sensor and vibration motor. Elly Park reports...          

Looking Ahead: Whole Eye Transplant Under Development

September 23, 2014 9:19 am | by University of California, San Diego Health Sciences | News | Comments

The basic idea is straightforward: Doctors would implant a donor eye in the recipient's eye socket. The vascular system to the eye would be re-established, as would the eye’s musculature to enable normal movement. The greater challenge – and...

Quantel Medical's Vitra PDT Laser Receives CE Mark Approval

September 15, 2014 9:48 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Quantel Medical today announced CE Mark approval for its Vitra PDT photodynamic therapy laser platform, for the treatment of polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy (PCV) and central serous retinopathy (CSR). Quantel, the sole manufacturer of this...

Research Exploring Collagen Growth that Could Help Build Better Bodies

September 10, 2014 2:07 pm | by Texas A&M University | News | Comments

Research by a biomedical engineer at Texas A&M University is shedding light on how collagen grows at the molecular level and helps form a diverse set of structures in the body, ranging from bone, tendon, blood vessels, skin, heart and even...

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International Experts on Artificial Vision Coming to Detroit

September 10, 2014 11:10 am | by Henry Ford Health System | News | Comments

Soldiers returning from duty who have lost both eyes may be able to have some level of vision restored in the foreseeable future with an implant in the brain. This is one of many topics to be discussed when more than 30 internationally renowned...

New Glaucoma Cause Discovered

September 10, 2014 10:49 am | by Northwestern University | News | Comments

Northwestern Medicine scientists have discovered a novel cause of glaucoma in an animal model, and related to their findings, are now developing an eye drop aimed at curing the disease. They believe their findings will be important to human...

Artificial Retinal Implant Drives Strong Emerging Market

September 4, 2014 9:47 am | by GlobalData | News | Comments

The strong progress of Argus II, an artificial retinal implant to treat retinitis pigmentosa, could soon encourage large medical device companies to make substantial investments in a market with multibillion dollar potential, says an analyst...

Molecular Probes Permit Doctors to Detect Diabetic Retinopathy Before Vision Fails

September 2, 2014 3:25 pm | by Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology | News | Comments

A new study published in the September issue of The FASEB Journal identifies a novel strategy to diagnose the leading cause of blindness in adults, diabetic retinopathy, before irreversible structural damage has occurred. This advance involves...

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 half of visual impairment certifications in the UK is being researched by scientists at Aston University. Dr Frank Eperjesi, an optometry specialist...

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) optometrists are collaborating on a NASA study that examines ocular changes seen in a number of astronauts. The research, developed by Heidelberg...

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 blindness involves weekly visits to eye specialists who monitor – and control – increasing pressure within the eye. Bioengineer Stephen Quake and...

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)...

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...

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