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NEI Research News

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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Eye doctor giving patient an eye exam.

Study finds AI–driven eye exams increase screening rates for youth with diabetes

A study of children and youth with diabetes concludes that diabetic eye exams using artificial intelligence (AI) increase completion rates of screenings to detect diabetic eye disease.

NEI hosts first workshop on brain-based vision disorder

The National Institutes of Health sponsored its first-ever workshop on cerebral visual impairment (CVI), an umbrella term for subnormal vision resulting from brain injury during development.
The image on the left is labeled "Normal retina," and shows green rods and red cones. The image on the right is labeled "Retina affected by retinitis pigmentosa," and shows green rods that have broken down.

Researchers engineer in vivo delivery system for prime editing, partially restoring vision in mice

By adapting virus-like particles to carry the machinery for a type of gene editing called prime editing, scientists have corrected disease-causing mutations in animals and increased editing efficiency.
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New research aims to develop novel therapeutic for glaucoma

Researchers at Indiana University School of Medicine are using a novel approach to hopefully develop a new therapy for glaucoma, a complex disease that eventually leads to blindness.
Close up of woman's face.

UH Optometry researcher receives $1.4 million to map the cornea

A team of scientists have received funding to explore new approaches to disentangle intricate nerve networks in the cornea and discover which nerve makes people blink, which creates tears and which nerve tells us our eye is in pain.

Pioneering study indicates a potential treatment for corneal endothelial disease, reducing the need for corneal transplants

Findings from a pioneering study reveal that administration of the neuropeptide α-melanocyte–stimulating hormone (α-MSH) promotes corneal healing and restores normal eye function.

NEI posts executive summary of workshop on extracellular vesicles

The September 14 workshop brought together multidisciplinary experts in extracellular vesicles – cell-secreted nanoparticles that mediate cell-cell communication.

U.S. - Ireland R&D Partnership hosts workshop

About 50 participants took part in the virtual event, designed to raise awareness of the U.S.- Ireland R&D Partnership Program.

Study identifies "visual system" protein for circadian rhythm stability

Scientists have identified a protein in the visual system of mice that appears to be key for stabilizing the body’s circadian rhythms by buffering the brain’s response to light.

LSU Health discovery may open new therapeutic avenues for degenerative diseases of the brain and eye

Researchers at Louisiana State University have identified a new mechanism that protects against the excessive oxidative stress that precedes the development of neurodegenerative diseases of the brain and eye.