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Contacts Better than Permanent Lenses for Babies After Cataract Surgery

March 7, 2014 12:07 pm | News | Comments

For adults and children who undergo cataract surgery, implantation of an artificial lens is the standard of care. But a clinical trial suggests that for most infants, surgery followed by the use of contact lenses for several years — and an...

Tiny Camera Sees for the Blind

February 28, 2014 1:30 pm | Articles | Comments

We have the hardware and software capabilities to develop devices that are approaching the same level as human vision. The devices can recognize objects, scenarios, and context. According to Erez Na'aman, OrCam Technologies vice president...

Optoswitches Turn Pain Off and Sight On

February 27, 2014 10:34 am | News | Comments

All modes of sensory perception are based on communication between nerve cells. Both the response to the primary stimulus and the transmission of the resulting signal depend on the function of specialized receptor proteins that are associated...

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Nanodiamond-Embedded Contact Lenses May Improve Glaucoma Treatment

February 20, 2014 10:45 am | News | Comments

By 2020, nearly 80 million people are expected to have glaucoma, a disorder of the eye that, if left untreated, can damage the optic nerve and eventually lead to blindness. The disease often causes pressure in the eye due to a buildup of...

The Connected Person and Healthcare

February 19, 2014 1:30 pm | Blogs | Comments

The advent of technology has pushed the concepts of healthcare to a different level. Areas of healthcare (diagnostic, well-being, assisted living) are benefitting from these technological advances today and for the unforeseeable future...

New Eye Layer Has Possible Link to Glaucoma

February 18, 2014 9:46 am | News | Comments

A new layer in the human cornea — discovered by researchers at The University of Nottingham last year — plays a vital role in the structure of the tissue that controls the flow of fluid from the eye, research has shown. The findings, published...

Blind Eye No Excuse for NBA Hopeful

February 14, 2014 11:39 am | News | Comments

Isaiah Austin came to the stark realization as a teenager that he'd never again see out of his right eye. Multiple operations couldn't fix the detached retina and save his vision after a previous injury was aggravated doing a routine dunk...

Photos of the Day: NBA Hopeful Has Prosthetic Eye

February 14, 2014 11:38 am | News | Comments

Baylor center Isaiah Austin came to the realization as a teenager that he'd never again see out of his right eye. Multiple operations couldn't save his vision after a previous injury was aggravated doing a routine dunk before a middle school...

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Sweat Glands Heal Injuries

February 4, 2014 12:00 pm | 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 | 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 | 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...

Photos of the Day: First Argus 'Bionic Eye' Implanted

January 29, 2014 12:00 pm | 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 | 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...

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Vycor's NovaVision Unit Announces the Commercial Release of NeuroEyeCoach(TM) -- A Novel Saccadic Eye Training Therapy

January 23, 2014 7:15 am | 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 | 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 | 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...

Photos of the Day: Google Eyes Glucose Monitoring

January 17, 2014 10:00 am | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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...

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