NEI News

From left, Johnson-Thompson, Legge, and Massof after presentation of Helen Keller Prize for Vision Research. Photo courtesy of Dustin Hays.

Two researchers funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI), both pioneers in the study of low vision, received the Helen Keller Prize for Vision Research on May 5, in Denver. The Helen Keller Foundation for Research and Education, and BrightFocus Foundation, presented the award to Gordon E.

Posted on May 13, 2015
LCA is an inherited disorder that causes vision loss in childhood. It primarily affects the functioning of the retina, the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye, as shown here. Photo credit: National Eye Institute

Gene therapy for Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA), an inherited disorder that causes vision loss starting in childhood, improved patients’ eyesight and the sensitivity of the retina within weeks of treatment.

Posted on May 3, 2015
  • The NEI Audacious Goals Initiative

    Learn about the retina and optic nerve, and NEI’s goal to repair them in blinding diseases by watching our new animation.

  • Regenerating the Optic Nerve

    NEI Audacious Goals Initiative report summarizing input from the November 2014 workshop.

  • May Is Healthy Vision Month!

    Join the NEI in celebrating by encouraging friends and family to make eye health a priority.

  • Dry Eye Is Twice As Common In Women Than Men

    Use this infocard to share the message about dry eye and where information is available.

  • New NEHEP Spanish Glaucoma Toolkit Available!

    Health professionals and community educators can help raise awareness about glaucoma in Spanish-speaking communities.