In the latest issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers recount the fascinating case of an electrician who, after sustaining a 14,000-volt shock to his left shoulder, presented with "bilateral stellate anterior subcapsular opacities of the lens." Translation: Starburst-shaped cataracts.
Some lucky old mice at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota have been given the gift of youth. Researchers reversed their age-related wrinkles, muscle wasting and cataracts, and it could lead to a fountain of youth for humans, too.
As cataracts is the main cause for blindness, a phone accessory that diagnoses cataracts could cut down on blindness, particularly in the developing world. As shown in the video here, MIT's CATRA is a low-cost solution which not only detects cataracts, but also tracks the severity of them over time.