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Google Glass Meets “Smart” Health

June 20, 2013 1:33 pm | by Stephanie Carmichael, ECN Contributor | Blogs | Comments

“Smart” eyewear has just collided with smart vision correction — and no, I’m not talking about the prescription-based versions of Google Glass that are in development. Researchers have taken the concept of Google Glass and applied it to soft contact lenses.

From Orthopedics to Power Transfer—A Bright Future for Implants

June 19, 2013 4:51 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor, ECN | Articles | Comments

Much like other medical technology, implants are adapting to a post-depression economy brimming with new materials, new ideas, and ambitious plans for the future. The result is a focus on designing safer, more bio-compatible products for local markets.

New Array Measures Vibrations Across Skin May Help Engineers Design Tactile Displays

June 14, 2013 9:16 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

In the near future, a buzz in your belt or a pulse from your jacket may give you instructions on how to navigate your surroundings. Think of it as tactile Morse code: vibrations from a wearable, GPS-linked device that tell you to turn right or left, or stop, depending on the pattern of pulses you feel. Such a device could free drivers from having to look at maps, and could also serve as a tactile guide for the visually and hearing impaired.

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Researchers Develop Easy and Effective Therapy to Restore Sight

June 13, 2013 11:02 am | by University of California - Berkeley | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have developed an easier and more effective method for inserting genes into eye cells that could greatly expand gene therapy to help restore sight to patients with blinding diseases ranging from inherited defects like retinitis pigmentosa to degenerative illnesses of old age, such as macular degeneration.

Transparent Electrode Enables Electronics on Contact Lens

June 4, 2013 12:10 pm | by Eunhee Song, UNIST | News | Comments

A hybrid transparent and stretchable electrode could open the new way for flexible displays, solar cells, and even electronic devices fitted on a curvature substrate such as soft eye contact lenses, by the UNIST (Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology) research team.

Valeant to Buy Bausch + Lomb for $8.7B

May 28, 2013 10:29 am | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Canadian drugmaker Valeant Pharmaceuticals has agreed to pay $8.7 billion to buy Bausch + Lomb, one of the world's best-known makers of contact lenses, in a massive expansion of Valeant's smaller ophthalmology business. Valeant said Monday that the cash deal will help it capitalize on increasing demand for contact lenses and other products because of aging populations, growing demand in emerging markets and increasing rates of diabetes.

UBC Engineer Helps Pioneer Flat Spray-On Optical Lens

May 23, 2013 10:43 am | by University of British Columbia | News | Comments

A University of British Columbia engineer and a team of U.S. researchers have made a breakthrough utilizing spray-on technology that could revolutionize the way optical lenses are made and used. Kenneth Chau, an assistant professor in the School of Engineering at UBC's Okanagan campus, is a key investigator among colleagues at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Maryland.

Bausch + Lomb Receives FDA Approval for the TRULIGN Toric Posterior Chamber Intraocular Lens

May 22, 2013 10:33 am | by Bausch + Lomb | News | Comments

Bausch + Lomb, the global eye health company, today announced that it has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the TRULIGN™ Toric posterior chamber intraocular lens (IOL). The TRULIGN Toric intraocular lens is the first toric IOL that corrects for astigmatism and, unlike other standard toric lenses, has the additional capacity to deliver improved vision across a natural range of focus.

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New Study Finds Blind People Have the Potential to Use Their 'Inner Bat' to Locate Objects

May 21, 2013 11:51 am | by University of Southampton | News | Comments

New research from the University of Southampton has shown that blind and visually impaired people have the potential to use echolocation, similar to that used by bats and dolphins, to determine the location of an object. The study, which is published in the journal Hearing Research, examined how hearing, and particularly the hearing of echoes, could help blind people with spatial awareness and navigation.

NVISION Laser Eye Centers First in the Nation to Offer Avellino-GENE Detection System Test to Protect Patients from Blindness

May 14, 2013 8:04 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

MENLO PARK, Calif., May 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Avellino Lab USA, developer of the only genetic test available worldwide for Avellino Corneal Dystrophy (ACD), today announced that California-based NVISION Laser Eye Centers is the first provider in the United States to offer patients...

Gentle Touch and the Bionic Eye

May 2, 2013 12:20 pm | by Inderscience Publishers | News | Comments

Normal vision is essentially a spatial sense that often relies upon touch and movement during and after development, there is often a correlation between how an object looks and how it feels. Moreover, as a child's senses develop, there is cross-referencing between the various senses.

Glasses Read to the Blind

April 25, 2013 11:24 am | by Florida International University | Videos | Comments

A unique pair of eyeglasses developed by a Florida International Univ. student team could revolutionize the lives of the blind, enabling them to walk into a library or a store, pick up any book or a can of soup and read it. The Eyetalk concept has been hailed by venture investors as a potentially breakthrough product that could make a difference for disabled people worldwide.

HelpMeSee Selects Moog to Develop Virtual Reality Eye Surgery Simulator

April 25, 2013 10:04 am | by HelpMeSee | News | Comments

HelpMeSee has achieved a significant milestone in medical simulation by successfully testing virtual reality surgical training simulators as a proof of concept. This success led HelpMeSee to select Moog for a joint development contract to design and produce a high-fidelity virtual reality Eye Surgery Simulator and courseware model to train cataract surgeons...

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Treatment Available for Macular Degeneration Low Vision in Connecticut

April 23, 2013 10:43 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

DANBURY, Conn., April 23, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Prismatic Magnifying Readers (PMRs) can often help people with macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and others with low vision who are having difficulty reading by providing extra magnification and comfort.  The...

ZEISS Cataract Suite Featuring CALLISTO Eye Introduced at Annual Cataract and Refractive Surgery Congress in San Francisco

April 20, 2013 3:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO & DUBLIN, Calif. & JENA, Germany--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr 20, 2013--Carl Zeiss Meditec is introducing the ZEISS Cataract Suite featuring the new CALLISTO eye® OR management system, which recently received US FDA 510k clearance, at the 2013 American Society of Cataract and...

STAAR Surgical Celebrates Over 350,000 Successful Visian® ICL™ Implants at ASCRS Symposium in San Francisco

April 17, 2013 3:33 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

MONROVIA, Calif., April 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- STAAR Surgical Company (NASDAQ: STAA), a leading developer, manufacturer and marketer of minimally invasive ophthalmic products, today announced its significant participation in the upcoming annual Symposium of the American Society for...

Advantages of OptiMedica’s Catalys® Precision Laser System to Be Validated in 31 Clinical Presentations at ASCRS 2013

April 17, 2013 7:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SUNNYVALE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr 17, 2013--OptiMedica Corp. has announced that its Catalys Precision Laser System will be the subject of 31 accepted clinical presentations at the 2013 American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) conference, April 19 - 23, in San Francisco....

Alcon Labs issues hazard alert on certain intraocular lenses

April 12, 2013 3:11 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Alcon Laboratories in conjunction with Australian healthcare regulators issued a warning on certain intraocular lenses after receiving reports of higher-than-expected rates of accelerated endothelial cell loss. Alcon warned that a 5-year study of its AcrySof Cachet Phakic Lenses uncovered that about 1 in 100 required removal as a result of ECL...

Sony Announces First East and West Coast Installations of 3D Imaging Solution for Ophthalmic Surgery

April 11, 2013 11:17 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

PARK RIDGE, N.J., April 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Electronics, a leader in providing innovative imaging solutions for microsurgery, announces the first east and west coast installations of its end-to-end 3D imaging solution for ophthalmic surgery.   Robert Cionni, M.D.,...

ChromaGen Launches Life-Changing Lens Technology In Houston, Texas

April 10, 2013 2:55 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

HOUSTON, April 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Words that move from left to right or up and down, words that are blurry or come in and out of focus or words that appear to float on the page, seeing double words or double sentences, re-reading the same lines - these are some of the reading...

Recall: Hoya Surgical Optics Pulls Intraocular Lenses amid Adverse Event Reports

April 5, 2013 10:29 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Singapore-based Hoya Surgical Optics recalled 5 models of its intraocular lenses after receiving reports of higher-than expected rates of inflammation from doctors in several countries. Healthcare regulators in the U.K. and in Australia have both reported the recall, asking doctors to stop using the implants immediately.

Laser Technology Expands Treatment Options For Cataract Surgery

April 4, 2013 12:33 pm | by Globe Newswire | News | Comments

For the millions of people needing cataract surgery each year, there is now a new option in the way doctors can perform the procedure. In this new technique, surgeons use an FDA approved device called the "Femtosecond Laser" to aid in performing a number of the steps in cataract surgery.

MedFocusCapital Partners Announces See.Hear.Live.Better! Alliance

April 4, 2013 9:07 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

SARASOTA, Fla., April 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- MedFocusCapital Partners, Inc., an innovator in the eye care industry, announces See.Hear.Live.Better!, an alliance of healthcare service providers backed by leading product manufacturers, all focused on improving the quality of life through...

LensAR Lands Another FDA Clearance for Cataract Laser Surgery

April 3, 2013 11:46 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

The laser cataract surgery market has another player, now that the FDA's cleared its laser surgery device for another type of incision used during cataract surgery procedures. LensAR said it won 510(k) clearance from the FDA for its laser cataract surgery device for arcuate incisions to the edge of the cornea.

FDA Cleared ChromaGen Lenses Are A Life-Changing Aid For People Struggling With Dyslexia And Other Reading Problems

March 27, 2013 3:30 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

KENNETT SQUARE, Pa., March 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Words that move from left to right or up and down, words that are blurry or come in and out of focus or words that appear to float on the page, seeing double words or double sentences, re-reading the same lines - these are some of the...

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