NEI News

During Low Vision Awareness Month, the National Eye Institute (NEI), part of the National Institutes of Health, is highlighting new technologies and tools in the works to help the 4.1 million Americans living with low vision or blindness.

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A new study in rats shows that stem cell secretions, called exosomes, appear to protect cells in the retina, the light-sensitive tissue in the back of the eye.

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January is Glaucoma Awareness Month. The National Eye Institute, part of NIH, is highlighting key facts about this blinding disease, important tips for prevention and treatment, and research updates you may not know about.


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    3-D Retina Organoid Challenge

    NEI wants to spur development of an organoid system for modeling retina diseases and testing new therapies.

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    February is Low Vision Awareness Month!

    Vision rehabilitation can help people with low vision make the most of their remaining sight.

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    NEI for Kids

    Our new pages for kids make learning about vision science and eye health fun with videos, optical illusions, and more.

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  • News from NEI Grantees

    We support promising vision research at institutions across the country and around the world.

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    Video: Next-Generation Eye Imaging Tools

    Learn about how the NEI Audacious Goals Initiative is supporting new imaging tools to view the eye, and see some of the stunning imagery.

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