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'Smart' Glasses for People with Poor Vision Being Tested

June 19, 2014 2:26 pm | by University of Oxford | News | Comments

Oxford University researchers are measuring how their smart glasses can help people with limited vision navigate and avoid walking into obstacles. "The idea of the smart glasses is to give people with poor vision an aid that boosts their...

Medtech Innovator 2014 Winner Announced

June 19, 2014 10:38 am | by RCT Ventures | News | Comments

267 companies submitted their plans. A panel of investor judges reviewed the entries to select the MedTech Innovator Top 10 Semi-Finalists. The investor judges included Christopher P. Martin, President, RCT Ventures; Ned Scheetz, Founder...

Sensor in Eye Could Track Pressure Changes, Monitor for Glaucoma

June 16, 2014 3:20 pm | by Michelle Ma, University of Washington | News | Comments

Your eye could someday house its own high-tech information center, tracking important changes and letting you know when it’s time to see an eye doctor. University of Washington engineers have designed a low-power sensor that could be placed...

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PowerVision Secures $30 Million in Funding for Implantable Lens

June 16, 2014 2:27 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

PowerVision, Inc., a medical device company developing the world's first fluid-based accommodating intraocular lens, today announced that the company has completed a $30 million Series D financing round. New investors Aisling Capital and...

Stem Cells Used to Create a Retina in a Dish

June 11, 2014 12:48 pm | by Lauren Nelson, Johns Hopkins Medicine | News | Comments

Using a type of human stem cell, Johns Hopkins researchers say they have created a three-dimensional complement of human retinal tissue in the laboratory, which notably includes functioning photoreceptor cells capable of ...     

Researchers Use Living Systems as a Guide to Develop Advanced Technologies

June 6, 2014 11:39 am | by World Scientific | News | Comments

How should we respond to technologies around us that are inefficient, wasteful, pollute our environment, and overburden our health care system? In their latest three three volume "Handbook of Biomimetics and Bioinspiration" published with...

Making Artificial Vision Look More Natural

June 5, 2014 3:14 pm | by NIH/National Eye Institute | News | Comments

In laboratory tests, researchers have used electrical stimulation of retinal cells to produce the same patterns of activity that occur when the retina sees a moving object. Although more work remains, this is a step toward restoring natural...

Welch Allyn Acquires Assets of PediaVision

June 4, 2014 10:02 am | by Welch Allyn | News | Comments

Welch Allyn, Inc., a leading medical diagnostic device company that delivers pragmatic innovation at the point of care, today announced the acquisition of certain assets of PediaVision Holdings, LLC of Lake Mary, FL.  Founded in 2007...  

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Finding a Lower Cost Solution for World's 285 Million Visually Impaired People

June 3, 2014 3:00 pm | by Washington University in St. Louis | News | Comments

Projects to provide low-cost eyeglasses for people in the developing world and to develop a cell-death detector will share $25,000 in cash to further develop their projects as winners of the 2014 Discovery Competition. Washington University...

Implantable Extraocular Sensor Measures Intraocular Pressure in Glaucoma Patients

June 3, 2014 10:42 am | by Implandata Ophthalmic Products GmbH | News | Comments

Implandata Ophthalmic Products GmbH and Professor Peter Szurman, Head of “Section Experimental Ophthalmic Surgery” at Eye Hospital of University Tübingen, have started pre-clinical studies for the first implantable, permanent extraocular...

New Materials to Be Developed to Repair Eyes

June 2, 2014 3:07 pm | by University of Liverpool | News | Comments

For an individual the loss of sight is estimated by the RNIB to have a financial impact of £20k per year and the annual cost to the UK economy is around £6.5 billion in terms of direct healthcare costs and other costs such as unpaid carers...

A Cure for Dry Eye Could Be a Blink Away

May 28, 2014 4:41 pm | by Rochester Institute of Technology | News | Comments

A treatment for dry eye—a burning, gritty condition that can impair vision and damage the cornea—could some day result from computer simulations that map the way tears move across the surface of the eye. Kara Maki, assistant professor in...

J&J to Grow Device Business, Focus on Emerging Markets

May 23, 2014 12:03 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

At a meeting with members of the investment community, senior leaders from the Medical Devices and Diagnostics (MD&D) segment of Johnson & Johnson outlined plans to improve patient outcomes and expand their market leadership through...

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UC Davis and Orbis Partner in Telemedicine Initiative to Treat, Prevent Blindness

May 23, 2014 10:15 am | by University of California - Davis Health System | News | Comments

UC Davis Health System and Orbis International, a leading global non-governmental organization (NGO) that works to eliminate avoidable blindness, signed an agreement of cooperation that will expand the use of telemedicine technology to help...

Artificial Intelligence Lenses Developed for the Blind

May 20, 2014 9:59 am | by Investigación y Desarrollo | News | Comments

Combining computational geometry, artificial intelligence, geo and ultrasound techniques, among others, scientists from the Center for Research and Advanced Studies (CINVESTAV) created a device to help people with low vision or blindness...

Photos of the Day: AI Glasses for the Blind

May 20, 2014 9:58 am | by Investigación y Desarrollo | News | Comments

The navigation device consists of glasses with stereo sound sensors, GPS technology and a tablet, which guides the blind person to a specific point and avoids hitting static or moving obstacles, also recognizes money bills of various...  

The Doctor's In…Through Webcam, Smartphone

May 13, 2014 12:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mark Matulaitis holds out his arms so the Parkinson's specialist can check his tremors. But this is no doctor's office: Matulaitis sits in his rural U.S. home as a neurologist a few hundred miles away examines him via the camera in his...

Contact Lens Could Open New Vistas for the Blind

May 12, 2014 2:34 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

Engineers in Israel are developing a contact lens they say will allow the blind to recognise objects by feel rather than sight. The lens is being designed to translate electrical signals into shapes on the cornea, producing a tactile effect similar to Braille on the fingertips. Rob Muir has more.

Get Your Next Eye Exam on a Smartphone

May 1, 2014 2:36 pm | by TED | Videos | Comments

Thirty-nine million people in the world are blind, and the majority lost their sight due to curable and preventable diseases. But how do you test and treat people who live in remote areas, where expensive, bulky eye equipment is hard to come...

Bausch + Lomb Secures Exclusive License to 3-D Surgical Navigation Technology for Cataract Surgery

April 28, 2014 8:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Bausch + Lomb, a leading global eye health company, today announced it has entered into an exclusive license agreement for a three-dimensional surgical navigation technology, the Cirle Surgical Navigation System, from Cirle, Inc., a medical...

Study Supports Safety of Antimicrobial Peptide-Coated Contact Lenses

April 25, 2014 9:52 am | by Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins | News | Comments

Contact lenses coated with an antimicrobial peptide could help to lower the risk of contact lens-related infections, reports a study in Optometry and Vision Science, official journal of the American Academy of Optometry. The journal is... 

Empowering the Disabled with Technology

April 23, 2014 1:45 pm | by Jessica Fujimori, MIT News Office | News | Comments

From Boston to Bangalore, MIT senior Priyanka Saha uses technology to empower people with disabilities. For as long as she can remember, Priyanka has been fascinated by the complex workings of life. “When I was really little, maybe 4, I remember...

Michigan Man Among 1st in U.S. to Get 'Bionic Eye'

April 23, 2014 10:22 am | by Mike Householder, Associated Press | News | Comments

A degenerative eye disease slowly robbed Roger Pontz of his vision. Diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa as a teenager, Pontz has been almost completely blind for years. Now, thanks to a high-tech procedure that involved the surgical implantation...

Photos of the Day: Restoring Sight in Michigan

April 23, 2014 10:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Roger Pontz wears special glasses that house a small video camera and transmitter. The glasses are part of a system developed by a California company that wirelessly transmits images from the camera, converted into a series of electrical...

New Technique Detects Microscopic Diabetes-Related Eye Damage

April 17, 2014 10:55 am | by Indiana University | News | Comments

Indiana University researchers have detected new early-warning signs of the potential loss of sight associated with diabetes. This discovery could have far-reaching implications for the diagnosis and treatment of diabetic retinopathy, potentially...

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