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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...

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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...

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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...

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...

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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...

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...

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...

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