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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...

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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...

Cataract Surgery Saves $123.4 Billion in Direct, Indirect Costs

November 15, 2013 11:05 am | by American Academy of Ophthalmology | News | Comments

Cataract surgeries performed over one year eventually save $123.4 billion over 13 years and delivers a 4,567 percent financial return on investment to society according to the results of a cost-utility study, published online today in the Academy's...

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Eye Foundation of America's "100,000 Lives" Campaign Reaches Early Milestone with Mobile Diabetic Diagnostics

November 15, 2013 10:42 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

The Eye Foundation of America announced today, that its $1 million, "100,000 Lives" campaign has reached an early milestone through the development of a diabetic diagnostic mobile unit housed with the latest in innovative diagnostic technology...

Photos of the Day: Restoring Sight

November 15, 2013 9:37 am | by Florida International University | News | Comments

A tiny video camera mounted on special glasses captures the scene in the patient’s environment, and a pocket controller relays the captured video signal to the implant. Inspired by cochlear implants that can restore hearing to some deaf people...

Retinal Implant Could Restore Sight for the Blind

November 15, 2013 9:29 am | by James Hellegaard, Florida International University | News | Comments

People who went blind as a result of certain diseases or injuries may have renewed hope of seeing again thanks to a retinal implant developed with the help of FIU’s W. Kinzy Jones, a professor and researcher in the College of Engineering and...

Study: Your Brain Sees Things You Don’t

November 14, 2013 2:37 pm | by Shelley Littin, University of Arizona | News | Comments

A new study by UA doctoral student Jay Sanguinetti indicates that our brains perceive objects in everyday life of which we may never be aware. The finding challenges currently accepted models about how the brain processes visual information...

Second Sight Medical Products’ Argus II Named Invention of the Year by Popular Science Magazine

November 13, 2013 11:08 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Second Sight Medical Products, Inc., the leading developer of retinal prostheses for the blind, is pleased to announce that its Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System (Argus II), has been recognized by Popular Science magazine as ‘Invention of the Year.’

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Biolase tanks on gaping Q3 losses, fires sales & marketing veeps, will seek acquirer

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

Biolase shares plunged today after the medical device company said it's headed for the auction block, having seen its 3rd-quarter losses widen by a whopping 639% and sacked its sales and marketing heads after badly missing Wall Street's earnings...

Avedro Announces the Start of Two New US FDA Trials for Accelerated Cross-linking

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

Avedro Inc., a Boston-based ophthalmic medical device and pharmaceutical company, announces today that the first patients have been treated in two new US clinical trials: Lasik with Cross-linking and Pulsed Accelerated Cross-linking. Lasik with...

Breakthrough in Retinal Implants Expected to Restore Sight to the Blind

November 11, 2013 2:49 pm | by Pete Brown, University of Arizona | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of Arizona and University of Tübingen have made a breakthrough in retinal implant technology that could help people who have lost their sight see more than just light and vague shapes. Wolfgang Fink, an associate...

Retinal Neurons Research Could Lead to Regenerative Therapies for the Brain

November 1, 2013 10:12 am | by Virginia Tech | News | Comments

Real estate agents emphasize location, location, and – once more for good measure – location. It's the same in a developing brain, where billions of neurons vie for premium property to make connections. Neurons that stake out early claims often...

Portable Vision Screening Devices Identify Problems in Young Children

October 25, 2013 11:49 am | by American Academy of Pediatrics | News | Comments

Portable screening devices allow pediatricians to successfully screen children for vision problems, including amblyopia, according to an abstract presented Oct. 25 at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference and Exhibition...

SynergEyes Reports Minor Interruption at Manufacturing Facility

October 24, 2013 6:42 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

SynergEyes, manufacturer and marketer of hybrid contact lenses, reported a minor interruption at its manufacturing facility in the 2200 block of Rutherford Road on Tuesday, October 22nd. The disruption occurred when a small amount of vapor...

A Protein Safeguards Against Cataracts

October 23, 2013 3:49 pm | by Technische Universität München | News | Comments

The lens of the human eye is made up of a highly concentrated protein solution that imparts the eye its high refractive power. Yet, despite this high protein content the ocular lens must remain clear and transparent.     

Guided Therapeutics Receives $250,000 Milestone Payment

October 23, 2013 8:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Guided Therapeutics has announced that it received a $250,000 milestone payment from Freedom Meditech. Freedom Meditech’s ClearPath DS-120, cleared by the FDA this year, is a first-in-class, non-invasive tool designed to measure autofluorescence in the crystalline lens of the eye

Wynn: U. Iowa on Path Toward Blindness Cure

October 21, 2013 3:20 pm | by Ryan J. Foley, Associated Press | News | Comments

Las Vegas casino tycoon Steve Wynn said Friday that he gave $25 million to support blindness research at the University of Iowa after becoming convinced that its scientists were leading the way in the search for a cure. Wynn, 71, said that university researchers were ...

Cleveland Clinic Names Top 10 Medical Innovations for 2014

October 18, 2013 12:26 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Cleveland Clinic today announced its eighth annual list of Top 10 Medical Innovations that will have a major impact on improving patient care within the next year. The list includes a bionic eye, a neurostimulator for epilepsy and fecal transplantation...

Photos of the Day: Top 10 Medical Innovations for 2014

October 18, 2013 12:19 pm | by Cleveland Clinic | News | Comments

Cleveland Clinic's Medical Innovations for 2014 list includes a new computer-assisted, personalized sedation station; a treatment breakthrough for acute heart disease; an implanted neurological device for epileptic seizures; and a "bionic eye." See what's #1...

Eyes-Free Yoga

October 18, 2013 10:52 am | by Kyle Rector | Videos | Comments

People who are blind or low vision may have a harder time participating in exercise classes due to inaccessibility, travel difficulties, or lack of experience. Exergames can encourage exercise at home and help lower the barrier to trying new activities...

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