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Scientists use gene therapy and a novel light-sensing protein to restore vision in mice

October 22, 2020

A newly developed light-sensing protein called the MCO1 opsin restores vision in blind mice when attached to retina bipolar cells using gene therapy. The National Eye Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health, provided a Small Business Innovati

Eye institute’s audacious quest: What once was lost might now be regrown

October 13, 2020

The National Eye Institute (NEI) Audacious Goals Initiative (AGI) is exploring the possibility that the natural world holds the keys to restorative therapies that might unlock regenerative powers in humans.

Could a tiny fish hold the key to curing blindness?

September 25, 2020

NEI-funded scientists are hacking the zebrafish’s innate regenerative capacity to learn how to treat human disease.

Multifocal contact lenses slow myopia progression in children

August 11, 2020

Children wearing multifocal contact lenses had slower progression of their myopia, according to results from a clinical trial funded by the National Eye Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health.

NIH-funded study identifies stem cells in optic nerve

July 31, 2020

A National Eye Institute-funded study has identified a type of stem cell called a neural progenitor cell, in a region of the optic nerve, which connects the eye to the brain.

NIH selects Dr. Michael Chiang as director of the National Eye Institute

July 24, 2020

National Institutes of Health Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., has chosen Michael F. Chiang, M.D., as director of NIH’s National Eye Institute (NEI).

Dual role discovered for molecule involved in autoimmune eye disease

July 23, 2020

The inflammatory molecule interleukin-17A (IL-17A) triggers immune cells that in turn reduce IL-17A’s pro-inflammatory activity, according to a new NEI study.

Vision loss in children whose eyesight may be 20/20 requires new diagnostic and teaching strategies

July 14, 2020

Cerebral (cortical) visual impairment (CVI) is a condition that interferes with the ability of the brain to process information from the eyes, and it has become a leading cause of visual impairment in the U.S.

Researchers look to the eye for insights about the brain

June 23, 2020

Researchers seeking to unravel the mysteries of how our amazingly complex brains do what they do, often start with the eye. The retina, the light-sensing tissue at the back of the eye has long been a model for scientists to explore how the brain works.

National Eye Institute establishes office of regenerative medicine

June 18, 2020

The National Eye Institute (NEI) has established an office to accelerate progress in regenerative medicine for eye disease and vision disorders.