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New Technology Advances Eye Tracking as Biomarker for Brain Function and Brain Injury

December 17, 2014 10:39 pm | by NYU Langone Medical Center / New York University School of Medicine | News | Comments

Researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center have developed new technology that can assess the location and impact of a brain injury merely by tracking the eye movements of patients as they watch music videos for less than four minutes, according to a study...

Researcher 3D Prints LED onto Contact Lens

December 16, 2014 11:15 am | by John Sullivan, Office of Engineering Communications, Princeton | News | Comments

As part of a project demonstrating new 3D printing techniques, Princeton researchers have...

Nanotubes May Restore Sight to Blind Retinas

December 3, 2014 10:11 am | by American Friends of Tel Aviv University | News | Comments

The aging process affects everything from cardiovascular function to memory to sexuality. Most...

Seeing the Invisible Light — New Potential for Eye Disease Diagnosis

December 2, 2014 10:37 am | by Washington University School of Medicine | News | Comments

Any science textbook will tell you we can't see infrared light. Like X-rays and radio waves,...

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Bat-Inspired Device Could Help Blind Navigate

December 1, 2014 11:42 am | by Bonnie Davis Office of Communications and External Relations, Wake Forest | News | Comments

When a biologist who studies bats and a computer scientist cross paths, amazingly cool things can happen. Cool things such as a sonar device to assist the visually impaired. The idea came from biology professor William Conner, who for decades...

Novel System Measures Physicians' Fatigue Level through Eye Movement

November 26, 2014 1:22 pm | by University of Granada | News | Comments

An international team of scientists which includes researchers from the U. of Granada has demonstrated for the first time that it is possible to establish in an objective way the level of fatigue in physicians after long shifts through their eye movement...

Restoring Vision with Stem Cells

November 21, 2014 12:23 pm | by The Mount Sinai Hospital/Mount Sinai School of Medicine | News | Comments

The National Eye Institute (NEI), a division of the National Institutes of Health, has awarded researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai a five-year grant totaling $1 million that will support an effort to re-create a patients' ocular stem...

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Genetic Test for Eye Disorders Proves Very Effective

November 21, 2014 11:19 am | by Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary | News | Comments

Investigators at Massachusetts Eye and Ear and Harvard Medical School Department of Ophthalmology and colleagues reported the development and characterization of a comprehensive genetic test for inherited eye disorders in the online version of...

Improving Vision with Pac-Man

November 20, 2014 10:35 am | by Ohio State University | News | Comments

Scientists have created video games that add an important element of fun to the repetitive training needed to improve vision in people - including adults - with a lazy eye and poor depth perception. The training tools, including a Pac-Man-style "cat and mouse..."

3D Talking Maps Provide Independence for the Blind

November 19, 2014 3:54 pm | by University at Buffalo | News | Comments

Touch-responsive maps bring interactive wayfinding to a new level, providing independence to the visually impaired These maps are made for talking. And touching. And they’re beautiful, too. In partnership with Touch Graphics Inc., developers at the University...

'Whole You' Helps Patients with Mobility Challenges

November 19, 2014 1:08 pm | by Whole You | News | Comments

Dedicated to providing innovative solutions for those with sensory and physical mobility challenges, Whole You will draw upon the expertise and experience of its international holding company, Mitsui Chemicals, together with U.S. healthcare...

Microneedles Offer New Treatment Options for Eye Disease

November 17, 2014 2:15 pm | by John Toon, Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Needles almost too small to be seen with the unaided eye could be the basis for new treatment options for two of the world’s leading eye diseases: glaucoma and corneal neovascularization. The microneedles, ranging in length from 400 to 700...

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Engineering an Electromagnetically Actuated Refreshable Braille Technology

November 17, 2014 9:54 am | by Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences | News | Comments

When Katherine (Katie) Cagen '14 was applying to Harvard, she made a new friend on campus who happened to be visually impaired. "I saw how much she relied on technology to be able to access her course materials," says Cagen. "Spending time with...

Cutting-Edge Femtosecond Laser Technology Treats Cataracts

November 13, 2014 4:04 pm | by Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary | News | Comments

Patients choosing cataract surgery at Massachusetts Eye and Ear may now elect to have laser-assisted cataract surgery with the femtosecond LensSx Laser. The hospital is one of the few in New England to offer the advanced technology, which enables surgeons...

Artificial Retina Could Someday Help Restore Vision

November 12, 2014 12:24 pm | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

The loss of eyesight, often caused by retinal degeneration, is a life-altering health issue for many people, especially as they age. But a new development toward a prosthetic retina could help counter conditions that result from problems ...

Southern Research Institute & UAB Partner to Develop Life-Changing Medical Devices

November 11, 2014 10:03 am | by Southern Research Institute & UAB | News | Comments

Southern Research Institute, developer of seven FDA-approved cancer drugs, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham, a leading research institution ranked 23rd nationally in NIH funding, have partnered to develop new medical ...

Microsoft Technology Aims to Assist the Visually Impaired

November 10, 2014 10:08 am | by Microsoft | Videos | Comments

See how new technology from Microsoft, charity Guide Dogs UK, and urban design firm Future Cities Catapult can help people with sight loss navigate cities like never before. Narrated by Jen Taylor, the voice of Cortana.    

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Analysis Predicts Blindness from AMD

November 5, 2014 5:02 pm | by Stanford University Medical Center | News | Comments

Stanford University School of Medicine scientists have found a new way to forecast which patients with age-related macular degeneration are likely to suffer from the most debilitating form of the disease. The new method predicts, on a personalized...

Laser Eye Surgery Tech Has Roots in Space

November 5, 2014 2:16 pm | by European Space Agency | News | Comments

Laser surgery to correct eyesight is common practice, but did you know that technology developed for use in space is now commonly used to track the patient’s eye and precisely direct the laser scalpel? If you look at a fixed point while tilting...

Developing Devices for Disabled Patients with FDA Encouragement

November 4, 2014 2:15 pm | by William Maisel, M.D., M.P.H., Deputy Center Director for Science, FDA, and Chief Scientist CDRH | Blogs | Comments

For people with disabilities, medical devices can offer a vital and potentially life-changing option. Take, for example, a patient who has had his arms amputated. Medications can treat phantom pain, but they can’t help that patient pick up a glass...

Blood Test for Blindness

November 3, 2014 1:37 pm | by PATH | News | Comments

A new test will accelerate global progress toward eliminating onchocerciasis, a leading cause of preventable blindness in Africa. PATH, an international nonprofit health organization, announced the availability of the SD BIOLINE Onchocerciasis IgG4 rapid test...

Computer Game Could Help Visually Impaired Kids

October 31, 2014 11:23 am | by University of Lincoln | News | Comments

Researchers are to begin testing a new computer game which they hope could hold the key to helping visually-impaired children lead independent lives. Developed by a team of neuroscientists and video game designers from the University of ...

Reversing Blindness and Eliminating Deafness

October 24, 2014 10:59 am | by Harvard Medical School | News | Comments

The Bertarelli Program in Translational Neuroscience and Neuroengineering, a collaborative program between Harvard Medical School and the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland, has announced a new set of grants worth...

NFC Power in a Pin-Sized Package

October 23, 2014 3:11 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

In a recent blog, I highlighted a rapidly charging battery technology that was being developed for electric vehicles, but would certainly have applications in the medical device space as well. Unfortunately, that technology is not here yet, and...

'EyeCane' Assists the Blind in Navigating

October 22, 2014 10:41 am | by IOS Press | News | Comments

White Canes provide low-tech assistance to the visually impaired, but some blind people object to their use because they are cumbersome, fail to detect elevated obstacles, or require long training periods to master. Electronic travel aids have the potential to improve navigation for the blind...

Invisible Sensors for a Better View of the Brain

October 21, 2014 10:07 am | by University of Wisconsin-Madison | News | Comments

Developing invisible implantable medical sensor arrays, a team of University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers has overcome a major technological hurdle in researchers’ efforts to understand the brain. The team described its technology, which...

iPhone Ophthalmoscope Rivals Traditional Methods for Diabetic Eye Disease Monitoring

October 20, 2014 12:30 pm | by American Academy of Opthalmology | News | Comments

A smartphone-based tool may be an effective alternative to traditional ophthalmic imaging equipment in evaluating and grading severity of a diabetic eye disease, according to a study released at AAO 2014, the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s 118th annual meeting...

Implant Could Eliminate Reading Glasses

October 20, 2014 12:18 pm | by American Academy of Opthalmology | News | Comments

A thin ring inserted into the eye could soon offer a reading glasses-free remedy for presbyopia, the blurriness in near vision experienced by many people over the age of 40, according to a study released at AAO 2014, the 118th annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology...

iPads Detect Early Signs of Glaucoma

October 20, 2014 10:49 am | by American Academy of Opthalmology | News | Comments

Using a tablet screening app could prove to be an effective method to aid in the effort to reduce the incidence of avoidable blindness in populations at high-risk for glaucoma with limited access to health care, according to a study released at AAO 2014, the 118th annual meeting...

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