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photoreceptors and retinal ganglion cells are shown on a video playbutton.

An artificial retina engineered from ancient protein heads to space

April 12, 2021

LambdaVision, the Farmington, Connecticut-based biotech firm that developed the artificial retina, is exploring optimizing production of an artificial retina in space, in a series of missions to the International Space Station.

University of Maryland School of Medicine study identifies new mechanism that may cause blindness in older adults

April 12, 2021

Using laboratory-grown roundworms as well as human and mouse eye tissue, researchers have identified a new potential mechanism for age-related macular degeneration—the leading cause of blindness among older adults.
Artist's rendering of photoreceptor signaling a retinal ganglion cell

Computer model fosters potential improvements to ‘bionic eye’ technology

April 9, 2021

Researchers at Keck School of Medicine of USC develop signals that could bring color vision and improved clarity to prosthesis for the blind.

NEI joins call for standardization of ophthalmic imaging devices

April 8, 2021

Not all health care providers speak the same language, but the software in their clinical imaging devices can and should.
Image shows cone cells, labeled in red.

Turning back the clock on a severe vision disorder

March 31, 2021

Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine report findings of a gene therapy to treat a severe form of Leber congenital amaurosis, caused by mutations in the NPHP5 gene.

Preventive treatment reduces diabetic retinopathy complications

March 30, 2021

Early treatment with anti-VEGF injections slowed diabetic retinopathy in a clinical study from the DRCR Retina Network (DRCR.net). However, two years into the four-year study its effect on vision was similar to standard treatment.
Retina model shows RPE cells, choroidal neovascularization-like pathology, vascular layer, PEG layer, Bruch's membrane, drusen

First-ever lab model of human eye offers hope for macular degeneration patients

March 30, 2021

NEI-funded research at the University of Rochester has led to the development of a 3D lab model that mimics the part of the human retina affected in age-related macular degeneration.

Sign-language exposure impacts infants as young as 5 months old

March 30, 2021

While it isn’t surprising that infants and children love to look at people’s movements and faces, recent research from Rochester Institute of Technology studies exactly where they look when they see someone using sign language.
Grey scale electron microscopy image of human retinal cells.

New genetic links found to rare eye disease, opening the door to better diagnostics and potential treatments

March 25, 2021

NEI-funded research at Scripps Research Institute has turned up more than a dozen gene variants linked to MacTel, a rare eye disease. The variants are likely causing the condition to develop and worsen for a significant share of patients.

Artificial Neuron Device Could Shrink Energy Use and Size of Neural Network Hardware

March 18, 2021

Training neural networks to perform tasks, such as recognizing images or navigating self-driving cars, could one day require less computing power and hardware thanks to a new artificial neuron device.