EYE SAY: April 11, 2019

News of Interest + Intrigue

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Bee Careful

A doctor in Taiwan found four sweat bees in a 29-year-old woman’s eyes. They apparently got in there while she was cleaning a relative’s grave. The bees look for salt—and found it in her tears. An entomologist said it could have been worse—as these bees’ stings are relatively benign. “She couldn’t have asked for a better bee to sting her in her eye.” Click here to read more.

Eye Exams to Diagnose Mental Health Conditions?

An article in Nature highlights how “anything that affects a person’s brain—whether it be a disease or a blow to the head—therefore has a strong chance of affecting their sight.” The article talks about known work on concussions and multiple sclerosis, adding that retinal mapping could yield clues in diagnosing schizophrenia. Click here to read more.

We ♥ Puppy Dog Eyes

Sony recognizes that a pet’s eyes are generally a more beloved feature than the snout. So now the Sony A7III camera has a feature called animal eye detection, so the camera focuses right on those peepers. Click here to read more.

Quarterback’s Perspective

Green Bay Packers’ QB Aaron Rodgers revealed that a concussion he suffered a concussion that made him lose vision for a brief time. "I couldn't see. I lost vision." Scary. Click here to read more.

Reverse the Slump

Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry says that once he was prescribed with specialty contact lenses for keratoconus, well, the court became much clearer. He told the NBA, “It’s like the whole world has opened up…I had gotten so used to squinting for so long.” Click here to read more.

AI at Work

Google and Verily are testing an artificial intelligence (AI) system in India to recognize signs of diabetic retinopathy. There are only 11 eye doctors for every 1 million people living in India, and nearly 70 million Indians have diabetes, according to the World Health Association. Click here to read more.