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 Science Fiction or a Vision for the Future?

By Adam Young - Copyright Eye News

In the 1987 film Predator, the formidable alien has the power of invisibility, to travel between stars and to hunt using superhuman thermal vision. Visual prostheses – or bionic eyes – provide artificial electronic visual sensation to the brain. In most senses, this relates to simulating normal physiological capabilities. But it can also signify surpassing the ordinary function of eye, for example, by acquiring the performance-enhancing qualities of a fictional extraterrestrial species.

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AI Testing is Almost Here

and it Doesn’t Care if ODs are Ready

By John Rumpakis, OD, MBA - Copyright Optometry Times

Technology itself is not the enemy—being proactive allows us the luxury of shaping our own future. However, if we continue to take a defensive posture and isolate ourselves, we may very well be excluded from the table when high-level discussions and decisions are conducted.

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Virtual Eyewear Assistant Makes Its U.S. Debut

By VCPN Editor - Copyright Vision Care Product News

Consumers can now custom design eyewear to fit their unique facial measurements by using Thema Optical’s Virtual Eyewear Assistant (VEA). Making its debut in the U.S. at Edward Beiner Optical’s Mary Brickell Village Miami location, VEA uses a 3D camera to scan and measure more than 500,000 biometric points on a customer’s face in less than 20 seconds. The computer then uses that information to first recommend the best shapes for the face measured and then to custom cut the frame for a precise fit.

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Artificial Vision Aids Get Tech Heavy

By Carol Gilhawley - Copyright Invision Magazine

Video projection and artificial intelligence (AI) are some of the features that differentiate devices in the low vision space. Low vision specialists caring for patients who need additional help seeing can dispense a variety of aids that allow them to read and do many of the tasks they did before their underlying eye disease developed.

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Dazed and Confused

Eye-tracking Technology Presents Promising Biomarkers for Identifying Traumatic Brain Injury

By Phoebe Harkin - Copyright The Opthalmologist

What can eyes tell us about the brain? A recent report has found that horizontal and vertical self-paced saccades – the rapid movements of the eye between fixation points – act as a biomarker of traumatic brain injury (TBI). To test this hypothesis, researchers compared the horizontal and vertical saccades of people with no history of TBI and patients with a clinical diagnosis of TBI using RightEye eye-tracking technology. A total of 287 clinically verified participants, reporting either no TBI, mild, moderate or severe TBI participated in the tests. They concluded that eye tracking was an objective and quantifiable way of measuring not just the presence of TBI, but also the severity of the condition.

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