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May is Healthy Vision Month!

This year, NEI is highlighting the importance of eye health for the whole family! Spread the word about steps families can take to protect their vision — with materials in both English and Spanish.

Learn how to protect your family’s eye health

NEI Research News

Life after death for the human eye

May 11, 2022

Scientists have revived light-sensing neuron cells in organ donor eyes and restored communication between them as part of a series of discoveries that stand to transform brain and vision research.
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Retinal cell map could advance precise therapies for blinding diseases

May 6, 2022

Researchers have identified distinct differences among the cells comprising a tissue in the retina that is vital to human visual perception. The scientists from the National Eye Institute (NEI) discovered five subpopulations of retinal pigment epithelium.
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NEI researchers discover cellular events that precede neurodegenerative eye disease

April 21, 2022

Molecular and cellular changes in rod photoreceptors are detectable in a mouse model of retinal degeneration several days prior to observable morphological changes, according to researchers at the National Eye Institute.

Funding for Vision Research

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