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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-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.

Novel approach reverses amblyopia in animals

September 1, 2021

By temporarily suspending retinal activity in the non-amblyopic eye of animal models, neuroscientists restrengthened the visual response in the amblyopic eye, even at ages after the critical period when patch therapy fails.
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Vision screening device improves detection of “lazy eye”

June 3, 2020

The NEI has funded development of a handheld pediatric vision scanner that easily and accurately screens for amblyopia, or “lazy eye.” The device could facilitate earlier identification of children who need vision-saving treatment.
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Study probing visual memory, amblyopia unveils many-layered mystery

December 13, 2019

Researchers at the Picower Institute at MIT have discovered cellular mechanisms behind amblyopia and visual memory.
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Zebrafish study reveals developmental mechanisms of eye movement

November 5, 2019

Researchers studying zebrafish have found that genes linked to autism spectrum disorder and other developmental brain abnormalities may be playing a role in people who cannot control their eye movements.
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Extended daily eye patching effective at treating stubborn amblyopia in children

September 20, 2013

The standard treatment for amblyopia, a condition of poor vision in an otherwise healthy eye, is patching: covering a child’s better-seeing eye with a patch for two hours a day to improve vision in the weaker eye.
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Researchers find essential brain circuit in visual development

August 26, 2013

A study in mice reveals an elegant circuit within the developing visual system that helps dictate how the eyes connect to the brain.
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Three NEI Grantees Join Prestigious National Academy of Sciences

May 15, 2013

Three researchers supported in part by NEI have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, a nonprofit organization that advises the U.S. government on matters of science and technology.
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National Institutes of Health releases data from largest pediatric eye study

August 19, 2011

Study estimates prevalence of vision disorders among preschool children in three ethnic groups, identifies risk factors
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Older Children Can Benefit From Treatment For Childhood's Most Common Eye Disorder

April 11, 2005

Surprising results from a nationwide clinical trial show that many children age seven through 17 with amblyopia (lazy eye) may benefit from treatments that are more commonly used on younger children.