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  1. David Carpenter, Maker Of Glass Eyes

    Ocularists are specialists that mix art and science to create artificial eyes.  The profession has existed since the 5th century and is one we don’t often hear about, yet it is a service for people to create a cosmetic artificial replacement eye that is tremendously important. We’ve featured the work of David Carpenter before here on […]

    Jul 8, 2018 — Read more No Comments
  2. Deep Learning Algorithm for Detection of Diabetic Retinopathy

    A very cool paper was published in JAMA yesterday that is a result of Google Research asking if machine learning and computer vision could improve retinal fundoscopic examinations of patients with diabetic retinopathy.  The outcome of course is increased patient screening for physicians with limited resources.

    Nov 30, 2016 — Read more No Comments
  3. What It Looks Like To Be Colorblind, Part II

    We’ve linked to posts before about what it looks like to people who are colorblind complete with animated gifs, but there is a new resource of gifs from the U.K.’s Clinic Compare that have a more film like quality and include a wider variety of color blindness forms.  We include a number of them below […]

    Sep 12, 2016 — Read more No Comments
  4. Please Touch The Art

    Please Touch The Art is a short film about Andrew Myers, an artist who creates tactile art for the blind and visually impaired.  Andrew got his start producing the art as a surprise for his friend George Wurzel and has continued to work in the medium designed to help the blind and low vision community participate […]

    May 19, 2016 — Read more No Comments
  5. Basic science: Bedrock of progress

      There is an excellent editorial in the 25 March 2016 edition of Science Magazine from Francis Collins et. al. re-stating the NIH position on support for basic science.  This is important for anyone applying to the NIH for grants as well as those reviewing NIH grants as the central question should be: “How much […]

    Mar 28, 2016 — Read more No Comments
  6. Why Do Goat Eyes Look The Way They Do?

    There is a new Explorer special based on an article in the latest issue of National Geographic with Michael Stevens (@tweetsauce), Unlocking The Eyes that is well worth checking out. In the video above, Michael interviews Marty Banks and William Sprague about why many prey animals like goats have the eye anatomy they do. i.e., […]

    Feb 14, 2016 — Read more No Comments
  7. Losing His Sight, This Photographer Chases the Light

    This short video features the art of Steven Erra, a photographer who is losing his vision due to a retinal degenerative disease, yet is generating beautiful work by light painting.  Steven is a member of The Seeing With Photography Collective, a group of sight impaired artists who are making waves in the art world through their imagery […]

    Jan 25, 2016 — Read more No Comments
  8. How Animals And Humans See The World Differently

    There is a short video from National Geographic that is a companion to an article by Ed Yong (@edyong209) in National Geographic here.  The photography is wonderful as is typical of National Geographic and is well worth your time. For a more detailed read on the evolution of vision, be sure to check out this […]

    Jan 24, 2016 — Read more No Comments
  9. Amazing .gifs By Blind Artist, George RedHawk

    George RedHawk is a legally blind artist who’s medium is animated gifs and his work is truly stunning. There is a really interesting portfolio of his work on Graphic Art News as well as some background on how he manages to create these amazing works here.  In short, he uses photo morphing software to morph […]

    Jan 18, 2016 — Read more No Comments
  10. The Mystery of Neanderthal Large Eyes

    The extinct Neanderthals had orbital eye sockets that are much larger than ours.  Recently, there has been an discussion covered in a fascinating article linked the other day on the BBC discussing the large orbital eye sockets of the Neanderthals and whether these eye represented a reason for the Neanderthals’ demise or not. Helga Kolb noticed an interesting discussion […]

    Oct 5, 2015 — Read more No Comments
  11. How To Make A Prosthetic Eye

    One of my favorite movie lines is in Blade Runner when Hannibal Chew tells Roy Batty that he designed his eyes. Until reality catches up with science fiction, eye design is still in the hands of designing prosthetic and attractive, but non-functional eyes. This intriguing video features David Carpenter of the Ocular prosthetics division of […]

    Jul 21, 2015 — Read more No Comments
  12. First Photograph Of Light As Wave And Particle

    Ever since the first proposal that light exists as both a wave and a particle, people have been attempting experiments designed to directly view both the particle and wave aspects of light simultaneously.  This theory won Albert Einstein the Nobel Prize in 1921 and now, a new paper in Nature claims to have done just this. […]

    Mar 24, 2015 — Read more No Comments
  13. Evo Devo Connectomics Of Sensory Circuit For Visual Navigation

    There is an interesting paper from an evo devo perspective out of the Jékely laboratory, looking at the connectomics of some of the earliest of organized visual systems in the Platynereis dumerilii larva.  They have described a visual circuit consisting of 71 neurons and 1,106 “connections”.  The cool thing about this study was that they were also […]

    Mar 14, 2015 — Read more No Comments
  14. Notable Paper: Reproducibility in Science

    This article by C. Glenn Begley and John P.A. Ioannidis is not specifically vision related, but is more generally applicable to research integrity and is well worth a read, in particular the following paragraph: “What has shaken many in the field is not that investigators are unable to precisely reproduce an experiment. That is to […]

    Feb 25, 2015 — Read more No Comments
  15. Prado Museum Opens Expo For The Blind

    The famous Prado Museum in Madrid has opened up a new exposition for the blind by making a combination of elaborate copies of six of the museum’s masterworks through 3D printing and painted reproductions.  The whole idea is for the blind to be able to touch the works and open up a whole new arena […]

    Jan 20, 2015 — Read more No Comments
  16. Peek Vision, Retinal Exams With Smart Phones

    We talked about using smartphones for ophthalmological examinations before here on Webvision, and we now have a bit more information into the logistics of how the Peek Vision project will be done on this Mashable post with a clip on attachment being developed through funding from an Indiegogo campaign.   There is also a wonderful background video of TED […]

    Dec 2, 2014 — Read more No Comments
  17. Touchable Memories

    “If you were blind, how would you “see” a photo?” This is another area where 3D printing can revolutionize people’s lives.  Making 3D prints from photographs enables physical representation of imagery.  The Singapore based company that is doing this social experiment is called called Pirate3D with easy to use 3D printers.  The director of this film […]

    Nov 30, 2014 — Read more No Comments
  18. Evolution Of The Avian Visual System

    There is a great online chapter covering the Evolution of the Avian Visual System by Scott Husband and Toru Shimizu covering everything from brain evolution in dinosaurs to retinal structure and post retinal pathways. Also, if evolution of visual systems interests you, don’t forget to read the Webvision chapter Evolution of Phototransduction, Vertebrate photoreceptors and Retina by Trevor […]

    Nov 26, 2014 — Read more No Comments
  19. How To Read A Scientific Paper

      Many of the visitors to Webvision are students at a variety of levels from grade schools all the way on up to medical students and biomedical graduate students.  One of the things that often does not get discussed at any level of science education is: How to read a scientific paper.  It is a […]

    Oct 19, 2014 — Read more No Comments
  20. Amazing Macro Photos Of Animal Eyes

    Photographer Suren Manvelyan has produced an amazing collection of photographs of eyes over the last couple of years.  He started with a phenomenal set of images from human eyes and has now expanded his collections to include 3 sets of animal eyes. Part 1, Part 2 and now Part 3. Spending some time looking through […]

    Sep 29, 2014 — Read more No Comments
  21. Why Do We Have Blind Spots… And How To See The Blood Vessels Inside Your Own Eye

    A Lo-Fi video, but largely correct and a pretty well done explanation of why we have blind spots in our eyes and the general physiological reason for why we don’t typically “see” or notice our blind spots.

    Sep 17, 2014 — Read more No Comments
  22. A Different Lens

    Jery October has put together a supercut/short film of a montage of eyes in cinema set to Jackson Browne’s Doctor My Eyes.  The short was edited by Bob Joyce and presented at the Society of Camera Operators Lifetime Achievement Awards ceremony which benefitted The Vision Center at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. It starts with City Lights, one of […]

    Sep 13, 2014 — Read more No Comments
  23. New Webvision Chapter on Albinism by Don Creel

    We have a new chapter on Albinism in Webvision by Don Creel who describes the clinical picture of albinism along with some of the anatomy and electrophysiology of the visual and auditory systems.  

    Sep 6, 2014 — Read more No Comments
  24. What It’s Like To Go Blind

    This is important for scientists and non-scientists alike.  You might be surprised at how many people do not know someone who is blind or has gone through a blinding disease.  You might be further surprised at how many scientists that are engaged in vision research do not really know what its like to have gone through […]

    Aug 28, 2014 — Read more No Comments
  25. Glowing Sharks Have Unusual Eyes

    There are species of shark that are bioluminescent and have evolved ocular structures designed to detect faint light patterns in the deep ocean produced by other bioluminescent sharks that live at depths from 600 to 3,000 feet in the mesopelagic zone where very little sunlight reaches. These eyes as expected, have visual adaptations optimized for […]

    Aug 11, 2014 — Read more No Comments