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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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New research examines vision screenings in older drivers

June 9, 2022

New research from the University of Alabama at Birmingham Marnix E. Heersink School of Medicine is shining a light on whether vision screenings for older drivers identify those who are likely to have motor vehicle collisions in the next few years.
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Buck researchers uncover intriguing connection between diet, eye health and lifespan

June 7, 2022

Researchers from the Buck Institute have demonstrated for the first time a link between diet, circadian rhythms, eye health and lifespan.

NIH study confirms benefit of supplements for slowing age-related macular degeneration

June 2, 2022

The AREDS2 formula not only reduces risk of lung cancer due to beta-carotene, but is also more effective at reducing risk of AMD progression, compared to the original formula.
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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.
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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.
Dr. Emily Chew of the National Eye Institute examines a patient’s eyes. Photo credit: National Eye Institute.

Routine eye scans may give clues to cognitive decline in diabetes

January 4, 2021

Scientists at Joslin Diabetes Center now have shown that routine eye imaging can identify changes in the retina that may be associated with cognitive disorders in older people with type 1 diabetes.
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Vision Revision

December 2, 2020

Scientists reverse age-related vision loss, glaucoma damage in mice.
Brad Gelfand, Ph.D., in the laboratory

Exercise Can Slow or Prevent Vision Loss, Study Finds

June 30, 2020

Exercise can slow or prevent the development of macular degeneration and may benefit other common causes of vision loss, such as glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy, new research from the University of Virginia suggests.
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Seeing corneal degeneration in a new light

June 17, 2020

The molecular changes that lead to Fuchs’ endothelial corneal dystrophy (FECD) occur decades before the disease causes blurry vision and other noticeable symptoms in patients, new research by UT Southwestern scientists shows.
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Retinal Texture Could Provide Early Biomarker Of Alzheimer’s Disease

May 14, 2020

Biomedical engineers at Duke University have devised a new imaging device capable of measuring the various layers of the retina at the back of the eye, which could be used to detect Alzheimer's disease.