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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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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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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.
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How do our eyes stay focused on what we reach for? Researchers uncover how our gaze is “anchored” in the brain

April 20, 2022

Findings offer new insights into how our movements are coordinated
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Scientists unveil the format of working memory

April 7, 2022

A team of scientists has discovered how working memory is “formatted”—a finding that enhances our understanding of how visual memories are stored.
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Scientists pinpoint what makes brain cells develop in a specific order

April 6, 2022

A study of the visual system of fruit flies reveals factors regulating neuron development and uncovers similarities with human brain development

Decoding the molecular clock that controls neurogenesis in the visual center of Drosophila

April 1, 2022

The nervous system is made up of diverse cells that arise from progenitors in a specific time-dependent pattern. In a new study, researchers have uncovered the molecular players involved and how the timing is controlled.
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How eye imaging technology could help robots and cars see better

March 29, 2022

Duke researchers demonstrate how a few tricks learned from their OCT research can improve on LIDAR, a technology used for vision in self-driving cars.
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Attention to objects in peripheral vision is not driven by tiny eye movements

March 25, 2022

New research by National Eye Institute (NEI) investigators shows that while microsaccades seem to boost or diminish the strength of the brain signals underlying attention, eye movements are not drivers of those brain signals.
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Seen and ‘herd’: Collective motion in crowds is largely determined by participants’ field of vision

March 21, 2022

Researchers at Brown University developed a new model to predict human flocking behavior based on optics and other sensory data.
Dongkyun "DK" Kang

UArizona engineer leads $1M project to fight vision loss

March 17, 2022

Biomedical engineering and optical sciences professor DK Kang is developing a way to diagnose and treat corneal ulcers that's eight times cheaper and 20 times faster than today's gold standard.