Patents Assigned to Eagle Vision
  • Publication number: 20190006400
    Abstract: An image sensing device and an image sensing method are provided. The image sensing device includes an image sensing array, multiple first signal converters, and multiple first image processing apparatuses. The image sensing array is partitioned into at least two or more first pixel capturing areas, and each of the first pixel capturing areas is compliant with a resolution of an SDTV format. Each of the first signal converters receives an analog image signal from a corresponding first pixel capturing area, converts the analog image signal from an analog format to a digital format to generate a first digital image signal, and converts the first digital image signal from an parallel format to a serial format. Each of the image processing apparatuses is configured to convert the first digital image signal in the serial format of a corresponding first signal converter to a video signal in a specific video format.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Publication date: January 3, 2019
    Applicant: Eagle Vision Tech Limited.
    Inventor: Sywe-Neng Lee
  • Patent number: 7982868
    Abstract: A method for detecting one or more foreign substances in one or more containers filled with liquid, comprising of: transporting the containers filled with liquid in a substantially straight line at relatively high speed in a production environment; —illuminating each container with content with one or more fixedly disposed light sources; and —inspecting the container with content from preferably two or more different orientations using two or more cameras, wherein cameras and lighting are disposed substantially fixedly relative to each other, while the cameras and light sources are mutually connected such that in a short time two or more images of a container filled with liquid can be recorded with mutually differing illumination and/or angle of incidence; —comparing the foreign substances in the two or more images; and —wherein a container filled with liquid is rejected on the basis of the probability distribution obtained from the comparisons, wherein above a determined probability it is concluded that the
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Eagle Vision Systems B.V.
    Inventors: Jensen Peter Akkerman, Dan Van Der Meer, Jilles De Wit, Sjoerd Van Der Zwaan, Frederik Nico Endtz, Arend Van De Stadt
  • Publication number: 20080291438
    Abstract: A method for detecting one or more foreign substances in one or more containers filled with liquid, comprising of: transporting the containers filled with liquid in a substantially straight line at relatively high speed in a production environment; —illuminating each container with content with one or more fixedly disposed light sources; and —inspecting the container with content from preferably two or more different orientations using two or more cameras, wherein cameras and lighting are disposed substantially fixedly relative to each other, while the cameras and light sources are mutually connected such that in a short time two or more images of a container filled with liquid can be recorded with mutually differing illumination and/or angle of incidence; —comparing the foreign substances in the two or more images; and —wherein a container filled with liquid is rejected on the basis of the probability distribution obtained from the comparisons, wherein above a determined probability it is concluded that the
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2005
    Publication date: November 27, 2008
    Applicant: EAGLE VISION SYSTEMS B.V.
    Inventors: Jensen Peter Akkerman, Dan Van Der Meer, Jilles De Wit, Sjoerd Van Der Zwaan, Frederik Nico Endtz, Arend Van De Stadt
  • Patent number: 7037335
    Abstract: Scleral implants are provided having structure that locks the implant into incisions in the sclera and provide a stress thereto. In several embodiments, such structure includes a foot that extends laterally from a bottom of the implant, as well as an opening through which suture may be passed. Furthermore, the foot of the implant may be contoured to conform to the natural curvature of the sclera. In other embodiments, the implant is generally disc-shaped and includes a tab and a suture opening. With this implant, one or two pockets are defined in the sclera, preferably at eleven o'clock and/or one o'clock, the implant is placed therein, and the pocket incision may be closed with suture. The implant may also include a system for measuring and transmitting the intraocular pressure. With all the implants, the eye pressure is increased and/or the sclera is lifted to treat a disorder of the eye.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2006
    Assignee: Eagle Vision, Inc.
    Inventors: Jerre M. Freeman, Richard W. Mendius
  • Patent number: 6966888
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device and method for treating animals, such as humans and dogs, with primary glaucoma by draining or diverting aqueous humor extraocularly comprising a shunt implant wherein the length and tubing of the shunt ensure fluid flow from the eye directly into the frontal sinus cavity via tubing. The device has crossbeam aids in anchoring the device; four slit valves to control fluid flow at required volume; and bulb that anchors in the frontal sinus cavity. The device is preferably made of medical grade radiopaque silicone rubber, and is flexible. Other improvements and a method for implanting the device are disclosed as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2005
    Assignee: Eagle Vision, Inc.
    Inventors: Cheryl Cullen, Lewis H. Marten
  • Publication number: 20040098126
    Abstract: Scleral implants are provided having structure that locks the implant into incisions in the sclera and provide a stress thereto. In several embodiments, such structure includes an upstanding rib that registers the implant within a scleral incision. The implant also includes an upper convex contour and a lower flatter surface. When implanted, the implant operates to increase the eye pressure and/or provide volumetric expansion of the eye to treat a disorder of the eye.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2003
    Publication date: May 20, 2004
    Applicant: Eagle Vision, Inc.
    Inventors: Jerre M. Freeman, Wilson Pritchard, Richard W. Mendius
  • Patent number: 6629533
    Abstract: A punctum plug generally includes a shaft and a head at a proximal end of the shaft. The shaft is provided with at least one circumferentially radiating flexible anchoring arm of varying radial extension at at least two locations along its length which is adapted to secure the punctum plug within the punctum of a wearer. The head has a concave proximal surface and a distal surface which tapers toward the shaft. A diameter of the head is substantially larger than a diameter of the shaft. According to a first embodiment of the invention, a plurality of anchoring arms in the form of symmetric circumferential rings are spaced a distance apart along a length of the shaft and define spaces therebetween. One or more of the rings has a diameter equal to or larger than the diameter of the head of the plug, and different rings preferably have different diameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2003
    Assignee: Eagle Vision, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas J. Webb, Richard W. Mendius
  • Patent number: 6605108
    Abstract: A monocanalicular stent includes a plug and a tubing molded with or coupled to the plug portion at an angle. The plug portion preferably includes a body portion, a neck portion, and a head portion. The tubing extends substantially longer than the plug portion. A delivery stylet is also provided and extends into a pathway of the tubing and provides a device by which the physician may handle the stent and insert it into the canaliculus. The tubing portion may be cut to length and closed. The stylet is then maneuvered to deliver the stent into a dilated punctal opening and then advanced through the canaliculus until the position of the plug portion is immediately above the punctal opening. The stylet is then removed, and the plug portion is then manipulated into the punctal opening until the head portion is flush with the surface of the punctal opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2003
    Assignee: Eagle Vision, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard W. Mendius, James S. Linder
  • Patent number: 6344047
    Abstract: An instrument for inserting a lacrimal punctum plug and a method of manufacturing the instrument. A body having an insertion portion, a flexible portion, and a handle portion is molded around a shaft. Deforming the flexible portion reduces the effective length of the shaft to draw the shaft into the instrument. A plug supported on the shaft is released when the shaft is withdrawn. Finger pads on the flexible portion properly position fingers of medical personnel using the instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2002
    Assignee: Eagle Vision
    Inventors: Bret Price, Nicholas J. Webb
  • Patent number: 6306114
    Abstract: A canalicular plug includes a throughbore provided with a valve. Preferably, the plug has a proximal occluding head, a central shaft and a distal body portion. The throughbore is preferably stepped and includes a large proximal portion for receiving an insertion tool and a smaller distal portion. The valve is preferably integrally molded with the canalicular plug, and the plug is preferably made from a resilient biocompatible material. According to a preferred aspect of the invention, the distal body portion includes at least one slot dividing the distal portion into a plurality of resilient portions which are biased apart and coupled by a foldable curtain portion extending between the resilient portions. The resilient portions are inwardly compressible about the slot. When compressed together, the distal ends of the resilient portions together form a generally conical or frustoconical shape which facilitates insertion through the punctal opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2001
    Assignee: Eagle Vision, Inc.
    Inventors: C. Curtis Freeman, Nicholas J. Webb
  • Patent number: 6174321
    Abstract: The collagen forceps includes two elongate members coupled at a proximal live hinge. The elongate members are each provided with a knurled finger pad ergonomically contoured to stably receive a finger or thumb of a physician, and a manipulation tip having an interior collagen rod gripping surfaces. The manipulation tip of the collagen forceps includes two gripping channels preferably oriented substantially orthoganally relative to each other. In addition, the manipulation tip is preferably angled relative to an axis of the collagen forceps. The proximal end of the forceps includes a shaft which is also preferably angled relative to the axis, and thereby facilitates grip and balance of the collagen forceps in the hand of the physician.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2001
    Assignee: Eagle Vision, Inc.
    Inventor: Nicholas J. Webb
  • Patent number: 6082362
    Abstract: A punctum plug includes a proximal head, a distal body, and a thin-walled flexible shaft between the head and the body. The thin wall of the shaft of the plug is preferably provided with accordion-like folds, thereby permitting the length of the shaft to vary depending upon the degree to which the accordion-like folds are folded or unfolded. In addition, the accordion-like folds permit the thin wall of the shaft to easily bend, permitting the head and body of the plug to lie along different axes. As a result, the plug is shaped to accommodate both relatively long and short vertical puncta and the body of the plug may be angled relative to the head to accommodate a variety of anatomical structures. According to another aspect of the invention, the body of the plug may be provided with a thread which rotationally guides the plug into the small punctal opening when insertional and rotational forces are applied to the plug. As a result, a relatively larger body size may be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2000
    Assignee: Eagle Vision, Inc.
    Inventor: Nicholas J. Webb
  • Patent number: 6027470
    Abstract: A punctum plug includes a proximal head, a distal body, and a shaft between the head and the body. The head and shaft are provided with a bore to facilitate insertion of the plug through the punctal opening with an insertion tool. According to one aspect of the invention, the head is provided with a lower portion having a frustoconical shape which, in situ, reduces the external profile of the head, without sacrificing the thickness of the head. Preferably, the head includes peripheral upper and lower surfaces which are both non-orthogonal to the longitudinal axis of the shaft, and a more central upper surface which is generally orthogonal to the longitudinal axis of the shaft. According to a second aspect of the invention, the head has an oblong cross-section such that long and short lateral dimensions are defined across the head. According to a third aspect of the invention, at least a proximal portion of the shaft is provided with an oblong cross-section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2000
    Assignee: Eagle Vision, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard W. Mendius
  • Patent number: 5980863
    Abstract: An MRI contrast medium of improved safety and efficacy is disclosed. The composition includes a source of calcium ions and a source of manganese ions in a ratio of from 2:1 to 40:1 in a vehicle suitable for parenteral administration. A method of enhancing an MRI signal in a mammalian tissue with the foregoing composition is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1999
    Assignee: Eagle Vision Pharmaceutical Corporation
    Inventors: Phillip P. Harnish, Peter R. Seoane, Adele R. Vessey
  • Patent number: 5951565
    Abstract: A flexible and transparent corneal endothelium protective device includes a relatively thin protective barrier portion, and a relatively thicker form-providing rim around the barrier portion. An access opening is provided through at least one of the rim and the barrier portion. The protective device is foldable for insertion through a surgical incision, is resilient such that it springs into shape once positioned in the eye, and is sufficiently flexible such that it may easily be removed through the incision in the eye near the completion of the surgical procedure. Various shapes are provided for the device. The protective device is inserted through the small incision and maneuvered into the space between the iris and the cornea and permitted to unfold. During surgery, instruments and other devices may be passed through the surgical incision and extend through an access opening of the protective device to operate on the lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1999
    Assignee: Eagle Vision, Inc.
    Inventor: Jerre Minor Freeman
  • Patent number: 5921990
    Abstract: A collagen forceps includes two elongate members coupled at a proximal live hinge. Each elongate member is provided with a knurled finger pad ergonomically contoured to stably receive a finger or thumb of a physician, and a manipulation tip having an interior collagen rod gripping surface. The gripping surfaces each include an angulated or curved surface provided with ridges and shaped to engage the collagen rod axially with the elongate members. Preferably each manipulation tip is also provided with a silicon boot. In addition, the instrument is also provided with a projection having a dilation/insertion tip. The collagen forceps of the invention enables a more controlled implantation of collagen rods through the punctal opening and into the naso-lacrimal duct. The contoured finger pads provide a physician with a more comfortable and more controllable instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1999
    Assignee: Eagle Vision
    Inventor: Nicholas J. Webb
  • Patent number: 5830226
    Abstract: A microsurgical scalpel assembly including an elongate scalpel handle and a scalpel blade affixed at one end of the scalpel handle and a shield releasably affixed to the one end of the scalpel handle and extending away from the handle to operably surround the scalpel blade to isolate sharp surfaces of the scalpel blade from a surgeon and to protect the blade from damage during a re-sterilization autoclave procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 3, 1998
    Assignee: Eagle Vision, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas J. Webb, Richard W. Mendius
  • Patent number: 5741292
    Abstract: A punctum dilating and plug inserting instrument includes a cylindrical body with a first end being a plug inserting tip, and a second end being a punctum dilating tip. An elongated button is arranged longitudinally along the body. The button includes a fixed end and a slidable end; the fixed end being positioned between the slidable end and the plug inserting tip. The button also includes an outwardly bowing inner surface spaced from the body. A wire is slidably positioned longitudinally within the body. The wire includes an outer end protruding from the plug inserting tip, and an inner end attached to the slidable end of the button. A conventional punctum plug is attached to the outer end of the wire, and can be inserted into a punctum after the punctum is dilated by the dilating tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 21, 1998
    Assignee: Eagle Vision
    Inventor: Richard Mendius
  • Patent number: 5524357
    Abstract: A surgical instrument cleaner includes a containment chamber with an intake opening on a front thereof and an exhaust vent on a rear thereof. A manifold is positioned in the intake opening, and connected to a steam source. Nozzles arranged around the manifold emit converging steam jets at a single point positioned away from a plane defined by the nozzles. The steam jets are directed rearwardly into the containment chamber, so that they create a front-to-rear airflow between the intake and the exhaust vent. An instrument is positionable at the jet convergence point for cleaning. The airflow carries steam and airborne debris blasted from the instrument safely away from the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 11, 1996
    Assignee: Eagle Vision, Inc.
    Inventor: James L. Crabb
  • Patent number: 5334137
    Abstract: There is provided a lacrimal fluid control device for blocking the flow of lacrimal fluid away from the surface of a wearer's eye through a punctal opening and into an associated caniculus. The lacrimal fluid control device includes a tip portion comprising a generally inverted truncated cone and a head portion comprising a generally enlarged dome. The tip is operable to facilitate placement of the lacrimal fluid control device at least partially through a wearer's punctal opening and the enlarged dome or head portion prevents drift of the lacrimal fluid control device completely through the punctal opening and into a generally vertical portion of an associated canaliculus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 2, 1994
    Assignee: Eagle Vision, Inc.
    Inventor: Jerre M. Freeman