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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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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.
Image shows eye globe, optic nerve, lens, cornea, pupil, meshwork, angle, and where fluid forms and exits the front of the eye.

Cataract surgery in infancy increases glaucoma risk

December 17, 2020

Children who undergo cataract surgery as infants have a 22% risk of glaucoma 10 years later, whether or not they receive an intraocular lens implant. The findings come from the National Eye Institute (NEI)-funded Infant Aphakic Treatment Study.
Dr. Scott examining a dog's eyes

Texas A&M Researchers Develop Treatment For Canine Ocular Condition Using Turmeric

September 3, 2020

A College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and College of Pharmacy team believes the medication may also translate to the treatment of cataracts and uveitis in humans.
Kantorow and Brennan

Florida Atlantic Scientists land NEI grant for tissue engineering approach

April 3, 2020

The Kantorow Laboratory and research program have been continually funded by the NIH’s National Eye Institute for almost two decades.
Grantee News

Insight to the Eye Lens

May 17, 2018

U. Delaware's Salil Lachke identifies new mechanism essential for eye lens development.
Brunescent nuclear cataract

NEI charts a clearer future for cataract prevention and treatment

June 29, 2017

Research funded by the National Eye Institute aims to reverse progression of cataracts—the most common cause of blindness worldwide—or to prevent them from forming altogether.

NIH-Funded Scientists Home in on Molecular Causes of Secondary Cataract

March 24, 2017

Four to 12 percent of people undergoing cataract surgery to replace a cloudy lens with a clear artificial one develop posterior capsule opacification (PCO).
The level of alpha-crystallin in the eye declines as cataract progresses. Left: The eye of a patient with an early cataract. Right: After 20 months, the same eye has a clinically significant cataract. During that period, the level of alpha-crystallin decreased by more than 94 percent.

Space Lab Technology May Help Researchers Detect Early Signs of Cataract

December 22, 2015

As we age, proteins in the lenses of our eyes start misbehaving: They unfold and congregate in clusters that block, scatter and distort light as it passes through the lens.
Grantee News

Novel Mechanism Identified in Cells in Close Proximity

December 15, 2015

Researchers at Florida Atlantic University are the first to show that cells in close proximity to each other can sense when a cell is dying due to environmental stressors like UV light and smoke, and eat the cell before it becomes toxic.