"Carrots improve your vision" is a WWII lie

Parents have been firing carrots into their kids' mouths for 70-plus years on the concept that "they give you better vision!" Truth is, while carrots are super-healthy, they won't do a thing to bring you back to 20/20. It's a myth, invented in WWII England to confuse the Nazis. » 9/12/14 3:23pm 9/12/14 3:23pm

A Display-Tweaking Algorithm Could Let You Ditch Glasses and Contacts

I spend too much of my waking life staring at screens. If you're reading this, you probably do, too. So instead of putting things on or in front of our imperfect eyeballs to correct and protect them, how about rethinking the screens we're staring at? Researchers at Berkeley, MIT, and Microsoft have developed a… » 7/24/14 2:14pm 7/24/14 2:14pm

Scientists Use Gene Therapy to Stop Six People Going Blind

A team of surgeons in Oxford have used a pioneering new form of gene therapy to stop six of their patients going blind--and it's hoped the technique could be used to treat blindness more generally. » 1/16/14 6:20am 1/16/14 6:20am

Contact Lenses Could Soon Stop Nearsightedness Dead

Nearsightedness is a pain in the ass that affects over 40 percent of the US population—and it only gets worse with age. Soon, though, children that are identified as myopic will be able to wear special contact lenses that will stop the condition in its tracks. » 10/03/12 9:08am 10/03/12 9:08am

The Smartphone Eyepiece That Diagnoses Cataracts

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. » 7/06/11 12:40pm 7/06/11 12:40pm

The Man Who Sees With His Ears

Daniel Kish lost his eyesight when he was 13 months old. For most of his youth, he functioned fine without a walking stick. He mountain bikes. He camps alone. He moves through cities handily. All thanks to advanced echolocation abilities. » 5/21/11 4:00pm 5/21/11 4:00pm

Artificial Retinas Can Now be Traded for Money in Europe

The life-changing artificial retina by Second Sight has today been given the go-ahead by European officials, making it the world's first to actually go on sale, to anyone who needs it. Well, anyone with $100,000 spare, that is. » 3/02/11 7:55am 3/02/11 7:55am

It's Like Project Natal For Your HTC Evo 4G

Soon, you'll be able to control Android phones with a front facing camera through hand gestures. Brush left and right to move through photos, wave up and down to scroll through web pages, it's a non-touchscreen from the future. » 6/08/10 1:46pm 6/08/10 1:46pm

Meet Neil, A Real-Life Cyborg Who Hears Colors

28-year-old Neil Harbisson has achromatopsia, which means he only sees in black and white. You'll notice in his photo however, that he's wearing a camera mounted to his head. This converts colors into soundwaves—making him "hear" colors. » 6/04/10 12:40pm 6/04/10 12:40pm

Restoring Sight With a Bionic Eye

Researchers in Australia have developed a "wide-view neurosimulator," to help give sight back to the blind. By implanting electrodes in the eye, they'll allow those with degenerative vision loss to see a pixelated version of the world around us. » 4/05/10 11:20am 4/05/10 11:20am

Electronic Contact Lenses Give Future You Crazy Eyesight, Heads-up…

Having the internet be constantly displayed no matter where we look is a dream we've had for years, but having to shove an electronic contact into our eyes makes us think twice. This prototype device, which has red LEDs and can be worn for up to 20 minutes (tested on rabbits) with no adverse effects. The contacts beam… » 1/17/08 3:18pm 1/17/08 3:18pm

Liquid-Crystal Switchable Focus Eyeglass Lenses

If you're cursed with bifocals or fear they're in your future, you'll be glad to know optical scientists at the University of Arizona have been working on liquid-crystal eyeglass lenses that can switch focus on command. » 4/17/06 3:53pm 4/17/06 3:53pm