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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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An Economical Sonification Prototype to Assist the Blind

January 13, 2014 12:27 pm | by Universidad Carlos III de Madrid | News | Comments

Researchers at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid have developed an assistive technology system that works by sounds which contributes to the autonomy of persons with visual impairments. The commercial systems that exist today in Spain...  

The Cyborgs Era Has Started

January 13, 2014 11:07 am | by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Medical implants, complex interfaces between brain and machine or remotely controlled insects: Recent developments combining machines and organisms have great potentials, but also give rise to major ethical concerns. In their review entitled...

Eye-Catching Electronics Enable Wearable Devices

January 9, 2014 2:15 pm | by Peter Rüegg, ETH Zurich | News | Comments

Researchers at ETH are developing electronic components that are thinner and more flexible than before. They can even be wrapped around a single hair without damaging the electronics. This opens up new possibilities for ultra-thin, transparent...

LensAR closes $10M equity funding round

January 9, 2014 12:35 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Orlando, Fla.-based cataract surgery technology company LensAR closed an equity funding round with $10 million raised from 14 investors, regulatory documents show. The fundraising effort, launched in December, was closed yesterday and use...

Carl Zeiss expands lens portfolio with $70M Aaren Scientific buy

January 9, 2014 10:29 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Optical lenses maker Carl Zeiss Meditec paid $70 million to acquire 100% of the assets of intraocular lens manufacturer Aaren Scientific, the companies announced this week. The move is designed to give Zeiss a wider IOL portfolio that will...

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ZEISS Broadens Portfolio of Intraocular Lenses

January 7, 2014 9:10 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Carl Zeiss Meditec AG announces it has acquired,through its subsidiary Carl Zeiss Meditec Inc., 100% of the shares in Aaren Scientific Inc., a US-based manufacturer of intraocular lenses (IOLs). Aaren Scientific, headquartered in Ontario...

Corning Unveils World's First Antimicrobial Cover Glass

January 6, 2014 11:04 am | by Corning | News | Comments

Corning Incorporated today unveils Antimicrobial Corning Gorilla Glass at the International Consumer Electronics Show. It is the first EPA-registered antimicrobial cover glass. The glass is formulated with an antibacterial agent, ionic... 

NIH to Fund Research Workforce Diversity Program

December 31, 2013 10:44 am | by National Institutes of Health | News | Comments

The National Institutes of Health is releasing three new funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) to develop approaches to engage researchers, especially from backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical sciences, and prepare them to thrive...

New Strategy to Improve Odds of Corneal Transplant Acceptance

December 31, 2013 10:06 am | by UT Southwestern Medical Center | News | Comments

For the estimated 10 percent of patients whose bodies reject a corneal transplant, the odds of a second transplant succeeding are poor. All that could change, however, based on a UT Southwestern Medical Center study that has found a way...

Solx adds $2M in options round

December 23, 2013 1:29 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Solx adds $2.1 million in and options and debt round for its glaucoma shunt. Solx said it added $2.1 million to its coffers in an options and debt round. The Waltham, Mass.-based medical device company is seeking around $4.8 million in funding...

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Early Detection of Blinding Eye Disease Could be as Easy as Scanning a Barcode

December 20, 2013 12:03 pm | by The Optical Society | News | Comments

A new optical device puts the power to detect eye disease in the palm of a hand. The tool—about the size of a hand-held video camera—scans a patient’s entire retina in seconds and could aid primary care physicians in the early detection of...

Photos of the Day: Scanning for Eye Disease

December 20, 2013 12:02 pm | by The Optical Society | News | Comments

A new optical device puts the power to detect eye disease in the palm of a hand. The tool—about the size of a hand-held video camera—scans a patient’s entire retina in seconds and could aid primary care physicians in the early detection of...

pSivida, Alimera Sciences soar as Iluvien skips ahead to FDA review

December 19, 2013 1:58 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Massachusetts-based pSivida is making a comeback, with shares soaring on news that the company and its licensee Alimera Sciences will get to skip past the advisory panel committee meeting and head straight to final FDA review for the Iluvien...

Cells from the Eye Are Inkjet Printed for the First Time

December 18, 2013 11:51 am | by Institute of Physics | News | Comments

A group of researchers from the UK have used inkjet printing technology to successfully print cells taken from the eye for the very first time. The breakthrough could lead to the production of artificial tissue grafts made from the variety...

Bioheart launches clinical trial for stem cell vision loss therapy

December 17, 2013 3:24 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Regenerative therapies company Bioheart is about to embark on a clinical trial to evaluate its proprietary stem cell therapy in treatment of dry macular degeneration, a condition which results in loss of vision. Bioheart will enroll up to...

Unilife Signs Agreement with Global Pharmaceutical Company Seeking to Use Ocu-Ject™ to Deliver a Drug into the Eye

December 16, 2013 9:30 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Unilife Corporation today announced the signing of an agreement with a global pharmaceutical company seeking to use the Unilife Ocu-ject ocular drug delivery system to deliver a target injectable therapy into the eye. The identity of the global...

Boy Goes Home with Prosthetic Eyes

December 12, 2013 10:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A 6-year-old Chinese boy whose eyes were gouged out in an attack more than three months ago was discharged Thursday from a hospital in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen where he was successfully fitted with prosthetic eyes. The prosthetic eyes ...

Photos of the Day: Ultrasound Eye Imaging ... in Space

December 12, 2013 9:36 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Mice were flown aboard shuttle flights STS-133 in March 2011 and STS-135 in July 2011 as part of the Commercial Biomedical Testing Module-2 (CBTM-2) and CBTM-3 investigations into how space affects ...         

Orbital Samples with Sight-Saving Potential

December 12, 2013 9:33 am | by Laura Niles, NASA/Johnson Space Center | News | Comments

Those who travel to space are rewarded with a beautiful sight - planet Earth. But the effects of space travel on the human sense of sight aren't so beautiful. More than 30 percent of astronauts who returned from two-week space shuttle missions and 60 percent who spent six months aboard the International Space Station were diagnosed with ...

Development of Sensors to Aid the Blind

December 11, 2013 1:03 pm | by University of Wollongong | News | Comments

Researchers from UOW have advanced our understanding of the most effective echolocation techniques, which could be used to develop better navigation aids for the blind and to create high-tech robots to rescue people from disaster scenes. Robotics...

The Ten Biggest Medical Successes of 2013

December 11, 2013 9:41 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

"One of These Rivals the Original Proof that Penicillin Works," Says Medical Trend Guru Stephen Shrewsbury. Medical science had a banner year in 2013, including a development, according to Dr. Stephen Shrewsbury, that offers the first long...

Innovative Drug-Dispensing Contact Lens Delivers Glaucoma Medication Continuously for a Month

December 9, 2013 11:24 am | by Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary | News | Comments

For nearly half a century, contact lenses have been proposed as a means of ocular drug delivery that may someday replace eye drops, but achieving controlled drug release has been a significant challenge. Researchers at Massachusetts Eye and...

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