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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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Some ethnic groups at higher risk for retinal damage from diabetes

Researchers at Indiana University School of Optometry found that individuals are at different risks for retinal damage from diabetes, with certain ethnic groups and males being at a greater risk.

University of Houston expert warns red light myopia therapy can injure retina

A University of Houston optometry researcher is warning against the use of low-level red light (LLRL) therapy as a method to control myopia, or nearsightedness, especially in children.
Scientist examines scientific images on a screen in a dark room.

Retinal imaging and genetics data used to predict future disease risk

Researchers combined retinal imaging, genetics and big data to estimate how likely a person is to develop eye and systemic diseases in the future.
Woman reading eye chart

Mega-analysis identifies gene variants associated with glaucoma in people of African ancestry

A new analysis focusing specifically on people of African ancestry identified three gene variants that may be contributing to this population’s susceptibility to developing and being blinded by glaucoma.
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.
Richard Lee, NEI's Clinical Director, 2023

National Eye Institute selects Dr. Richard Lee as clinical director

The National Eye Institute (NEI) has chosen Richard Lee, M.D., Ph.D., as the institute’s clinical director, overseeing clinical research and serving as clinical policy advisor for NEI.

Signs of glaucoma may be detectable years in advance of disease onset

Research funded by the National Eye Institute suggests that low density of pigment in the macula, the region of the retina required for sharp central vision, is associated with thinning of the retina and may serve as an early warning sign of glaucoma.
Emily Chew

Emily Chew named NIH distinguished investigator

A longstanding member of the NEI/NIH community, Emily, Chew, M.D., has been promoted to the title of NIH Distinguished Investigator for her tireless and prolific work as a care provider and clinical trialist.
Andrew Bower

NEI postdoc to use research award to study cellular function with adaptive optics

The K99/R00 provides a runway for postdocs seeking to transition from mentored positions to tenure track positions at academic institutions in the U.S.