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A funny thing happened in the field of anatomy during the first half of this year. Researchers found a previously unknown human body part. It’s inside the eyeball, and it’s very small. At 15 microns thick, the newly discovered layer of material is so small that even calling it a new body part feels inappropriate. That’s what it is though. A new body part. Right there in your eye.
Humans see the world through a pair of high resolution, single-lens eyes that allow us to adjust focus and pinpoint fine details. But simpler creatures, like insects, instead rely on compound eyes that have lower resolution but offer a much wider distortion-free field-of-view that’s actually better suited for lightning-fast motion perception.
There’s something about teeth and eyes out of their sockets that gives me the creeps. That’s why this video of a medical laboratory that has been making artificial eyes since World War I is kind of gross — but also fascinating.
An estimated 285 million people worldwide suffer from some form of visual impairment in at least one their eyes. The loss of sight in just one eye means the loss of depth perception and one’s ability to accurately judge short distances. However, a team of researchers have devised an ingenious solution to restore binocular vision.
Eternal youth doesn’t come cheap. No one knows this better than a Los Angeles woman who underwent a non-FDA approved cosmetic eye surgery using stem cells. Unwanted side effects include: pain, a clicking sound in her eyelid “like a tiny castanet snapping shut” and spontaneous bone growth in the surrounding flesh. Gross.
I wrote about Visionary Effects awesome — and freaky — animatronics work before. The second version of their robotic eye with dilating pupil is even more impressive and way freakier. Just amazing. I wish I had a pair of these on my living room walls.
The advent of cochlear implants in the 1970s and ocular implants in the early 2000s revolutionised hearing and vision loss treatment by circumventing damaged organs with digital prostheses that directly stimulated neural pathways. But these devices have been poor substitutes for the real thing. That is, until now.