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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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UCI researchers discover cause, develop pharmacological treatment for reducing retinitis pigmentosa vision loss

January 26, 2022

Inhibiting ceramide accumulation in the retina helps preserve the retina’s structure and function, and improves vision.
Image of a heart superimposed over a retinal image

AI can identify heart disease from an eye scan

January 25, 2022

Scientists have developed an artificial intelligence system that can analyze eye scans taken during a routine visit to an optician or eye clinic and identify patients at a high risk of a heart attack.
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.
Jackie Norrie and Victoria Honnell

Modular super-enhancer controls retinal development

January 11, 2022

Scientists at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital identified distinct functions for regions of a super-enhancer that controls gene expression during retina formation, calling it a ‘modular’ super-enhancer.
Rod outer segment showing connector

UC Irvine researchers reveal molecular mechanisms of eye disease using cryo-electron tomography

January 4, 2022

Understanding the key structural determinants of a highly specialized membrane in the eye could lead to new treatments.
Phoebe Lin, MD, PhD

Pathway to better eye health runs through the gut

December 21, 2021

Ocular inflammation research from OHSU targets gastrointestinal microbes.
View of grocery store aisle from AMD perspective

Link found between lupus, macular degeneration

December 9, 2021

School of Medicine researchers have made a discovery linking lupus, a potentially debilitating autoimmune disorder, and macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness.

Reimagining immunity in the eye

December 8, 2021

In a new study, the researchers show that immune cells respond to the lens, not just following an acute injury in the eye, but also to long-lasting inflammation.
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.
Spencer Smith with microscope in laboratory

A New Microscope for Imaging Neural Circuitry

December 2, 2021

Researchers from UCSB report the development of a new microscope they describe as “Dual Independent Enhanced Scan Engines for Large field-of-view Two-Photon imaging (Diesel2p),” which provides unprecedented brain-imaging ability.