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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...

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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...

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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...

UK regulators OK pSivida's Iluvien

December 4, 2013 10:49 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

pSivida said the UK's National Institute for Health & Care Excellence approved its Iluvien drug/device combination. The approval is for cataract surgery patients who don't respond to standard treatment for diabetic macular edema, according...

Scientists Design and Test New Approach for Corneal Stem Cell Treatments

November 27, 2013 11:08 am | by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center | News | Comments

Researchers in the Cedars-Sinai Regenerative Medicine Institute have designed and tested a novel, minute-long procedure to prepare human amniotic membrane for use as a scaffold for specialized stem cells that may be used to treat some corneal...

Avalanche Biotechnologies raises $5.7M for eye treatment

November 27, 2013 10:16 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Avalanche Biotechnologies said it raised nearly $5.7 million of a hoped-for $6.1 million equity round for the age-related macular degeneration treatment it's developing. The Avalanche technology is a drug-delivery system designed to trigger...

Funding: French retinal implant maker Pixium Vision raises $20M

November 26, 2013 1:03 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Retinal implants maker Pixium landed a $20.3 million (€15 million) Series A funding round, planning to use the funds to further develop its IRIS "bionic eye" technology. The IRIS system is comprised of a retinal implant and a pair of camera-mounted...

Designing With the Blind in Mind

November 18, 2013 11:40 am | by TED | Videos | Comments

What would a city designed for the blind be like? Chris Downey is an architect who went suddenly blind in 2008; he contrasts life in his beloved San Francisco before and after -- and shows how the thoughtful designs that...    

New Diagnostic and Surgical Innovations and Data Management Solutions from ZEISS

November 16, 2013 10:22 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

US Introduction of FORUM Glaucoma Workplace from ZEISS ZEISS announces the US release of a new glaucoma diagnostic and management software application, FORUM Glaucoma Workplace, at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology...

NIH Study Finds Patients at High-Risk for Developing Neovascular Age-Related Macular Degeneration Benefit from ForeseeHome Monitoring for Early Detection of CNV

November 16, 2013 12:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The results of the Home Monitoring of the Eye (HOME) study, conducted in Age-Related Eye Disease Study 2 (AREDS2) clinical centers, executed by the EMMES Corporation and sponsored by Notal Vision Ltd. Tel Aviv, Israel, have been accepted for...

Study: Donor Age Not a Factor in Most Corneal Transplants

November 15, 2013 5:19 pm | by NIH/National Eye Institute | News | Comments

Ten years after a transplant, a cornea from a 71-year-old donor is likely to remain as healthy as a cornea from a donor half that age, according to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health. Corneas from donors over age 71 perform...

Lumenis wins U.S. & Japanese clearance for retinal laser treatment

November 15, 2013 1:28 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Lumenis Ltd. announced today regulatory wins in the U.S. and Japan for its Array LaserLink pattern scanning device for multi-spot laser photocoagulation for use during retinal surgery. The Array LaserLink, which turns an "examination slit lamp"...

FDA lowers regulatory oversight of scleral plugs for eye surgery

November 15, 2013 12:28 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

The FDA this week issued its final rule on scleral plugs, down-classifying them to a lower-risk category of medical devices in need of less stringent review. The FDA ruled to move the plugs to Class II, 510(k) premarket notification with special...

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