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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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Colorful artistic visualization of the retina.

Measuring Levels of Proteins in Eye Fluid May Accurately Predict Need for Lifelong Macular Degeneration Therapy

June 29, 2022

Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers say they have found that levels of a specific protein appears to help accurately predict whether people with the wet form of age-related macular degeneration may need lifelong, frequent eye injections to preserve vision.
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New research examines vision screenings in older drivers

June 9, 2022

New research from the University of Alabama at Birmingham Marnix E. Heersink School of Medicine is shining a light on whether vision screenings for older drivers identify those who are likely to have motor vehicle collisions in the next few years.

NIH study confirms benefit of supplements for slowing age-related macular degeneration

June 2, 2022

The AREDS2 formula not only reduces risk of lung cancer due to beta-carotene, but is also more effective at reducing risk of AMD progression, compared to the original formula.
Comparison of two retinal images.

Gene therapy for rare eye disease safe but lacks efficacy in early trial

May 31, 2022

A 28-patient phase 1 gene therapy clinical trial for the degenerative retinal disease Leber hereditary optic neuropathy (LHON) found no significant safety concerns; however, treatment failed to improve or slow vision loss, with even the highest dose.
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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.
Schematic shows blood vessel leakage on side of retina

Vision improvement is long-lasting with treatment for blinding blood vessel condition

April 21, 2022

NIH-funded study finds many patients with retinal vein occlusion have vision benefits, but require long-term monitoring and treatment
Photoreceptor degeneration tied to lipofuscin accumulation.

Advancing a treatment for a common eye disease that lacks one

April 1, 2022

The road from discovering a potential drug to getting the therapy into the hands of patients is a long and uncertain one. An NIH program called Blueprint Neurotherapeutics Network helps basic researchers prep for clinical trials and regulatory approval.
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NEI hosts international strategic planning meeting

March 16, 2022

The digital summit of global partners in vision research discussed opportunities for collaboration.
Artist's rendering of photoreceptor signaling a retinal ganglion cell

Implanted chip, natural eyesight coordinate vision in study of macular degeneration patients

February 4, 2022

A Stanford scientist and his colleagues show that patients fitted with a chip in their eye are able to integrate what the chip “sees” with objects their natural peripheral vision detects.
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NIH study classifies vision loss and retinal changes in Stargardt disease

January 25, 2022

National Eye Institute researchers developed and validated an artificial-intelligence-based method to evaluate patients with Stargardt, an eye disease that can lead to childhood vision loss.