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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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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.
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.
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NIH researchers identify potential AMD drugs with stem-cell based research tool

December 15, 2021

Using a stem-cell-derived model, researchers have identified two drug candidates that may slow dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of blindness for which no treatment exists.
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.
Retinal pigment epithelial cells stained green and magenta

CU Researchers Provide First Evidence Linking Extracellular Vesicles with Drusen Formation and Age-Related Macular Degeneration

November 12, 2021

CellSight researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine are offering the first evidence connecting drusen formation, or yellowish deposits that accumulate under the retina, with extracellular vesicles and age-related macular degeneration.
Brad Gelfand, Ph.D., in the laboratory

Prozac Pegged as Potential Treatment for a Leading Cause of Blindness

October 21, 2021

An antidepressant best known as Prozac could offer the first treatment for the leading cause of blindness among people over 50, new research from the University of Virginia School of Medicine suggests.

Toxic DNA Buildup May Drive Macular Degeneration

September 30, 2021

Damaging DNA builds up in the eyes of patients with geographic atrophy, an untreatable, poorly understood form of age-related macular degeneration that causes blindness, new research from the University of Virginia School of Medicine reveals.
Two boys smile at camera. Dark spot in center of image represents vision loss from AMD.

AMD: Reading ability crucial indicator of functional loss

September 30, 2021

In geographic atrophy, a late form of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), reading ability is closely related to the altered retinal structure.
Rajendra Apte examining a patient's eye

The latest on AMD

August 5, 2021

Dr. Rajendra Apte answers common questions about age-related macular degeneration.
Female shown from overhead standing with her eye open receiving OCT scan.

NEI-funded technology promises to broaden access to retinal scanning

July 22, 2021

A National Eye Institute-funded project at Duke University has yielded a fully automated optical coherence tomography (OCT) device that does not require a trained operator and promises to broaden access to retinal imaging technology.