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Thanks to the work of NEI scientists and grantees, we’re constantly learning new information about the causes and treatment of vision disorders. Get the latest updates about their work — along with other news about NEI.

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Two boys smile at camera. The outer portion of the image is darkened, representing vision loss from glaucoma.

New genetic mutation behind childhood glaucoma identified

November 30, 2022

An international team led by Harvard Medical School scientists has discovered a new genetic mutation that may be a root cause of severe cases of childhood glaucoma, a devastating condition that runs in families.
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One of two widely used AMD drugs outperforms other at weaning patients off treatment at one year, preliminary study shows

November 30, 2022

A pilot study of 106 patients with “wet” AMD revealed that nearly half of patients treated with Eylea could safely stop therapy after one year, compared to only 17% of patients treated with Avastin.
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Brain cells use a telephone trick to report what they see

November 29, 2022

A new study from Duke University finds that single neurons conveying visual information about two separate objects in sight do so by alternating signals about one or the other.

Researchers investigate neuron differentiation in fruit fly brains

November 29, 2022

Researchers from the University of Illinois shed light on how neural stem cells called neuroblasts divide multiple times to sequentially produce neurons of specialized function.
Illuminated neuron projection from visual cortext

Neuroscience researchers awarded nearly $2 million by National Institutes of Health to study visual processing

November 28, 2022

Jordan Hamm, an assistant professor of neuroscience at Georgia State University, has received a five-year, $1.93 million award from the National Eye Institute.
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New UC Irvine-led study shows repeated stress accelerates aging of the eye

November 21, 2022

Researchers say findings reveal potential glaucoma drugs targets.
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Putting stem cell-based therapies in context

November 16, 2022

Rogue clinics offer stem cell-based therapies that haven’t been tested for safety and efficacy. When communicating to the public about stem cell-based therapies, it is important to put any treatment claims in context.
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Scientists say eye-disease drug may also help fight COVID

November 15, 2022

A UCLA-led group found that the eye drug verteporfin stops replication of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
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Seeing in 3D

November 9, 2022

Columbia University researchers examined what goes wrong in the eyes of mice with albinism.
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National Institutes of Health awards Case Western Reserve University $7.3M for eye research

November 9, 2022

NEI grant will support examining impact of pain and inflammation on eye’s surface and possible link to diseases.