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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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Green-stained limbal stem cells track towards center of mouse cornea.

Dry eye disease alters how the eye’s cornea heals itself after injury

January 2, 2023

Studying mice, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found that proteins made by stem cells that regenerate the cornea may be new targets for treating and preventing corneal injuries in people with dry eye.
Face-on view of an iris and pupil

National Institutes of Health awards Case Western Reserve University $7.3M for eye research

November 9, 2022

NEI grant will support examining impact of pain and inflammation on eye’s surface and possible link to diseases.

Noninvasive technique collects sufficient tear fluid to look for biomarkers of health and disease

May 27, 2022

Scientists from Augusta University have fine-tuned a non-invasive and efficient way to evaluate the tear film for clues about wellness and disease.
Grantee News

Antibody-based eye drops show promise for treating dry eye disease

October 11, 2019

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago are the first to identify the presence of a specific type of antibody, called anti-citrullinated protein autoantibodies, or ACPAs, in human tear fluid.
Grantee News

Penn Engineering’s blinking eye-on-a-chip used for disease modeling and drug testing

August 7, 2019

People who spend eight or more hours a day staring at a computer screen may notice their eyes becoming tired or dry, and, if those conditions are severe enough, they may eventually develop dry eye disease (DED).
Grantee News

New Treatment for Severe Dry Eye Disease Promising in Early Clinical Trials

May 7, 2019

Participants in a phase I/II clinical trial of a new enzyme-based treatment for severe dry eye disease experienced reduced signs of disease and discomfort, according to a paper in Translational Vision Science and Technology.
Grantee News

Immune Response Likely Culprit in Eyelid Gland Condition That Causes Dry Eye

July 25, 2018

Mouse, human data suggest inflammation tips immune response, which disrupts oil glands.
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Omega-3s from fish oil supplements no better than placebo for dry eye

April 13, 2018

Omega-3 fatty acid supplements taken orally proved no better than placebo at relieving symptoms or signs of dry eye, according to the findings of a well-controlled trial funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI), part of the National Institutes of Health
Grantee News

Researchers at UIC identify master molecule behind corneal inflammation

July 11, 2017

NEI funded researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have identified an enzyme present in the cornea that trigger inflammation during–and even after–a herpes virus infection. Their results are published in the journal Cell Reports.
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NEI-funded research points to novel therapies for dry eye

June 29, 2017

Recent strides toward understanding dry eye are leading to better and longer-lasting therapies for the millions of people in the U.S. who are affected by the condition.