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New research assesses naturalistic driving techniques to link vision impairment and traffic accidents

May 4, 2021

New research from the University of Alabama at Birmingham has used naturalistic driving techniques to link vision impairment in older drivers to at-fault crashes and near-crashes.

Four in 10 US Adults Are at High Risk for Vision Loss

March 12, 2020

In 2017, approximately 93 million US adults aged 18 years or older, or about 4 in 10, were at high risk for vision loss, according to a new study published in JAMA Ophthalmology.
Woman taking visual acuity test

Study suggests maintaining good vision may stave off cognitive decline

September 24, 2018

During aging, loss of vision and cognition often coincide. In a new study, researchers funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI) and the National Institute on Aging (NIA) have found that vision loss precedes loss of mental capacity.
Driving simulators enable researchers to study potentially dangerous driving situations

Low vision research shifts into overdrive

February 20, 2018

Tim Goetz drives about 200,000 miles each year. Remarkably, Goetz is legally blind.

Five innovations harness new technologies for people with visual impairment, blindness

February 3, 2017

During Low Vision Awareness Month, the National Eye Institute (NEI), part of the National Institutes of Health, is highlighting new technologies and tools in the works to help the 4.1 million Americans living with low vision or blindness.
Doctor giving eye exam

Woman who lost vision to diabetes shares experience to raise awareness

November 18, 2016

It was Labor Day 2015 when Rosetta Ivey-Foster, a 67-year-old retired bank clerk, learned first-hand how quickly diabetes can deteriorate vision.
African American male patient gets eye exam from doctor

Visual impairment, blindness cases in U.S. expected to double by 2050

May 19, 2016

The number of people with visual impairment or blindness in the United States is expected to double to more than 8 million by 2050, according to projections.
From left, Johnson-Thompson, Legge, and Massof after presentation of Helen Keller Prize for Vision Research. Photo courtesy of Dustin Hays.

Two NEI Grantees Awarded Helen Keller Prize

May 13, 2015

Two researchers funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI), both pioneers in the study of low vision, received the Helen Keller Prize for Vision Research on May 5, in Denver.
An occupational therapist at Thomas Jefferson University works with a patient who has low vision. Credit: Thomas Jefferson University.

Rehabilitation helps prevent depression from age-related vision loss

July 9, 2014

Depression is a common risk for people who have lost their vision from age-related macular degeneration (AMD), but a new study shows that a type of rehabilitation therapy can cut this risk in half.
Chichilnisky and colleagues used an electrode array to record activity from retinal ganglion cells (yellow and blue) and feed it back to them, reproducing the cells' responses to visual stimulation. Credit: E.J. Chichilnisky, Stanford.

Making artificial vision look more natural

July 9, 2014

In laboratory tests, researchers have used electrical stimulation of retinal cells to produce the same patterns of activity that occur when the retina sees a moving object.