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Ophthalmology Diagnostics and Surgical Devices Market Expected to Reach USD 40.38 Billion Globally in 2019: Transparency Market Research

April 4, 2014 8:45 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

According to a new market report published by Transparency Market Research "Ophthalmology Diagnostics and Surgical Devices Market (Optical Coherence Tomography, Echography, Corneal Topographers, Specular Microscopes, Cataract, Refractive...

Variations in Eye Structure and Function May Reveal Features of Early-Stage Alzheimer’s Disease

March 18, 2014 12:04 pm | by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center | News | Comments

Investigators at the Cedars-Sinai Regenerative Medicine Institute have discovered eye abnormalities that may help reveal features of early-stage Alzheimer’s disease. Using a novel laboratory rat model of Alzheimer’s disease and high-resolution...

Researchers Develop a New System to Aid Cardiovascular Risk Diagnosis

March 17, 2014 11:34 am | by Asociación RUVID | News | Comments

Researchers from the Universitat Politècnica de València, the Hospital General de Valencia and the Ophthalmology Unit of the Foundation for the Health and Biomedical Research of the Comunitat Valenciana (FISABIO-Oftalmología Médica) have...

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Smartphones Become ‘Eye-Phones’ with Low-Cost Devices Developed by Ophthalmologists

March 10, 2014 1:53 pm | by Rosanne Spector, Stanford University School of Medicine | News | Comments

Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have developed two inexpensive adapters that enable a smartphone to capture high-quality images of the front and back of the eye. The adapters make it easy for anyone with minimal...

Blind Can 'Hear' Colors and Shapes

March 10, 2014 11:00 am | by The Hebrew University of Jerusalem | News | Comments

What if you could "hear" colors? Or shapes? These features are normally perceived visually, but using sensory substitution devices (SSDs) they can now be conveyed to the brain noninvasively through other senses. At the Center for Human Perception...

Retina Implant AG's Clinical Trial Results Presented for the First Time at Spain's Leading Ophthalmology Congress

March 10, 2014 5:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Retina Implant AG, the leading developer of subretinal implants for patients blinded by retinitis pigmentosa (RP), today announced that  Angelika Braun, clinical engineer at Retina Implant AG, presented results from the Company's multicenter...

Contacts Better than Permanent Lenses for Babies After Cataract Surgery

March 7, 2014 12:07 pm | by National Institutes of Health | News | Comments

For adults and children who undergo cataract surgery, implantation of an artificial lens is the standard of care. But a clinical trial suggests that for most infants, surgery followed by the use of contact lenses for several years — and an...

Tiny Camera Sees for the Blind

February 28, 2014 1:30 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

We have the hardware and software capabilities to develop devices that are approaching the same level as human vision. The devices can recognize objects, scenarios, and context. According to Erez Na'aman, OrCam Technologies vice president...

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Optoswitches Turn Pain Off and Sight On

February 27, 2014 10:34 am | by Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich | News | Comments

All modes of sensory perception are based on communication between nerve cells. Both the response to the primary stimulus and the transmission of the resulting signal depend on the function of specialized receptor proteins that are associated...

Nanodiamond-Embedded Contact Lenses May Improve Glaucoma Treatment

February 20, 2014 10:45 am | by University of California - Los Angeles | News | Comments

By 2020, nearly 80 million people are expected to have glaucoma, a disorder of the eye that, if left untreated, can damage the optic nerve and eventually lead to blindness. The disease often causes pressure in the eye due to a buildup of...

The Connected Person and Healthcare

February 19, 2014 1:30 pm | by Alpesh Shah, Director of Global Business Strategy and Intelligence, IEEE Standards Association | Blogs | Comments

The advent of technology has pushed the concepts of healthcare to a different level. Areas of healthcare (diagnostic, well-being, assisted living) are benefitting from these technological advances today and for the unforeseeable future...

New Eye Layer Has Possible Link to Glaucoma

February 18, 2014 9:46 am | by University of Nottingham | News | Comments

A new layer in the human cornea — discovered by researchers at The University of Nottingham last year — plays a vital role in the structure of the tissue that controls the flow of fluid from the eye, research has shown. The findings, published...

Blind Eye No Excuse for NBA Hopeful

February 14, 2014 11:39 am | by Stephen Hawkins, AP Basketball Writer | News | Comments

Isaiah Austin came to the stark realization as a teenager that he'd never again see out of his right eye. Multiple operations couldn't fix the detached retina and save his vision after a previous injury was aggravated doing a routine dunk...

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Photos of the Day: NBA Hopeful Has Prosthetic Eye

February 14, 2014 11:38 am | by The Associated Press/ESPN | News | Comments

Baylor center Isaiah Austin came to the realization as a teenager that he'd never again see out of his right eye. Multiple operations couldn't save his vision after a previous injury was aggravated doing a routine dunk before a middle school...

Sweat Glands Heal Injuries

February 4, 2014 12:00 pm | by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft | News | Comments

Our body’s sweat glands are a source of stem cells particularly suited to healing wounds – stem cells that form new skin cells and manage the healing process. They are not rejected by the body and can be obtained without a hospital stay. It...

Restoring Sight with Laser Fit Lenses

January 31, 2014 1:35 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Associate Editor, PD&D | Articles | Comments

The concept of the contact lens was described by Leonardo da Vinci in 1508. Lacking the technology to realize his idea, the first contact wasn't created until centuries later. "They used to take molds of the eye, like dental molds," explains...

First Retinal Prosthesis Implanted Since FDA Approval

January 29, 2014 12:00 pm | by University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center | News | Comments

Retina surgeons at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center have performed the first — and second — surgeries in the United States to implant an artificial retina, or “bionic eye,” since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved...

Photos of the Day: First Argus 'Bionic Eye' Implanted

January 29, 2014 12:00 pm | by University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center | News | Comments

The Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System is surgically implanted in one eye. The individual wears glasses equipped with a camera that captures images and converts them into a series of small electrical pulses. The pulses are transmitted wirelessly...

Expanding Our View of Vision

January 27, 2014 12:05 pm | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Every time you open your eyes, visual information flows into your brain, which interprets what you’re seeing. Now, for the first time, MIT neuroscientists have noninvasively mapped this flow of information in the human brain with unique...

Vycor's NovaVision Unit Announces the Commercial Release of NeuroEyeCoach(TM) -- A Novel Saccadic Eye Training Therapy

January 23, 2014 7:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Vycor Medical, Inc., a medical device company with a suite of FDA cleared products, announced today that its wholly-owned subsidiary, NovaVision has launched the first commercial release of its new saccadic eye training therapy which will...

AqueSys raises $43.6M and closes U.S. trial of XEN Gel glaucoma stent

January 22, 2014 9:29 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

California ophthalmic devices maker AqueSys touted a couple of milestones today, landing a successful $43.6 million Series D funding round and closing enrollment in U.S. clinical trial of its XEN Gel stent for treatment of glaucoma. The...

Gene Therapy Trial Shows Promise for Type of Blindness

January 17, 2014 10:16 am | by University of Oxford | News | Comments

The first clinical trial of a gene therapy for an inherited cause of progressive blindness called choroideremia has shown very promising initial results which have surpassed expectations of the Oxford University researchers leading the...

Photos of the Day: Google Eyes Glucose Monitoring

January 17, 2014 10:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google is testing a contact lens for tear glucose detection. After years of scalding soldering hair-thin wires to miniaturize electronics, Brian Otis, Google X project lead, has burned his fingertips so often that he can no longer feel the...

Google Develops Contact Lens Glucose Monitor

January 16, 2014 8:38 pm | by Martha Mendoza - AP National Writer | News | Comments

Google unveiled Thursday a contact lens that monitors glucose levels in tears, a potential reprieve for millions of diabetics who have to jab their fingers to draw their own blood as many as 10 times a day. The prototype, which Google says...

AqueSys, Inc. Successfully Closes $43.6M Series D Round

January 16, 2014 8:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

AqueSys, Inc., a medical device company that develops, manufactures, and internationally markets the XEN Gel Stent technology for treating glaucoma, today announced that it has secured $43.6 million in Series D financing. The round was led...

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