Blindness

Facebook improves AI photo descriptions for the visually impaired

Facebook Facebook has long been using AI to describe photos for the visually impaired, but it’s stepping up its efforts in 2021. The social media giant has detailed a new version of automatic alternative text (AAT) that promises much more information. Instead of relying on heavily supervised AI learning, Facebook is now using weak supervision …

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Synthetic cornea helped a legally blind man regain his sight

Corneat A legally blind 78-year old man has regained his sight after being the inaugural patient to receive a promising new type of corneal implant, Israel Hayom has reported. Developed by a company called CorNeat, the KPro is the first implant that can be integrated directly into the eye wall to replace scarred or deformed …

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Toxic hand sanitizers have blinded and killed adults and children, FDA warns

Enlarge Getty Images | Jena Ardell Adults and children in the United States have been blinded, hospitalized, and, in some cases, even died after drinking hand sanitizers contaminated with the extremely toxic alcohol methanol, the Food and Drug Administration reports. In an updated safety warning, the agency identified five more brands of hand sanitizer that …

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