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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...

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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...

Glasses Allow Users to Talk via Their Eyes

July 1, 2014 10:21 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

LusoVU presents its new product, EyeSpeak, which will literally allow its users to talk with their eyes. The system is based on Epson's BT200 smart glasses on which a microcamera, a microphone and a speaker will be integrated. All these will...

Photos of the Day: Speak with Your Eyes

July 1, 2014 10:20 am | by LusoVU-USA | News | Comments

Eyespeak is the first autonomous system with an augmented reality interface by eye-tracking that enables the possibility of communicating through the user’s eyes, in any position and orientation of the user's head. It will consist of a pair...

STAAR Surgical Visian ICLT Preloaded System Receives CE Mark Approval

July 1, 2014 9:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

STAAR Surgical Company, a leading developer, manufacturer and marketer of implantable lenses and delivery systems for the eye, announced that it has received CE Mark approval for its new Visian ICLT Preloaded System. The Preloaded ICL provides...

Noninvasive Brain Control

June 30, 2014 11:06 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Optogenetics, a technology that allows scientists to control brain activity by shining light on neurons, relies on light-sensitive proteins that can suppress or stimulate electrical signals within cells. This technique requires a light source...

This Rainbow Leads to New Medical Innovations

June 27, 2014 2:45 pm | by Bloomberg | Videos | Comments

Efi Cohen-Arazi, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer at Rainbow Medical, talks with Elliott Gotkine about innovations to help those who have lost their vision and their partnership with Medtronic on a nerve stimulation product. He speaks...

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