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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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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.
Schematic summarizing the research by Sodhi’s team.

Study Finds Up to 30% of Patients with Wet Macular Degeneration Can Safely Stop Eye Injections

January 18, 2022

In a preliminary study, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers report that as many as a third of those with "wet" age-related macular degeneration may someday be able to safely stop eye injection therapy without further vision loss.
Man with patch over his eye.

Cataract surgery does not cause disease progression in people with AMD

December 15, 2021

People with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) can undergo cataract surgery without fear of worsening their disease.
Man getting eye exam

Study: Cataract surgery linked with lessened dementia risk

December 8, 2021

Cataracts affect most older adults at risk for dementia, and now researchers are finding strong evidence that cataract surgery is associated with a lower risk of developing dementia.
Group photo of the 2017 DIVRO class

DIVRO: Encouraging diversity through summer internships

November 4, 2021

The NEI launched the Diversity in Vision Research and Ophthalmology summer internship program in 2011.
Mother and her daughter smile for the camera

Genomic Study Revealing Among Diverse Populations with Inherited Retinal Disease

October 19, 2021

International effort identified new and different causative gene variants for a group of diseases that can lead to severe vision loss or blindness.
Two boys smile at camera. Dark spot in center of image represents vision loss from AMD.

AMD: Reading ability crucial indicator of functional loss

September 30, 2021

In geographic atrophy, a late form of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), reading ability is closely related to the altered retinal structure.
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NIH-funded study shows screening device accurately detects amblyopia (lazy eye)

September 27, 2021

A handheld screening device that detects subtle misalignment of the eyes accurately identifies children with amblyopia (lazy eye), according to a study published in the Journal of American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus.

An NJIT-Led Team Secures $3.7 Million to Tackle a Disabling, Concussion-Induced Eye Disorder

September 20, 2021

A multi-institutional team is seeking to establish guidelines that will help clinicians diagnose and treat concussion-related convergency insufficiency.
man looking at phone and sitting on sofa

Scientists Pinpoint the Uncertainty of Our Working Memory

September 14, 2021

A new NEI-funded study shows the extent we trust our memory in decision-making