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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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two people are taking a walk outside

Seen and ‘herd’: Collective motion in crowds is largely determined by participants’ field of vision

March 21, 2022

Researchers at Brown University developed a new model to predict human flocking behavior based on optics and other sensory data.
Image of a heart superimposed over a retinal image

AI can identify heart disease from an eye scan

January 25, 2022

Scientists have developed an artificial intelligence system that can analyze eye scans taken during a routine visit to an optician or eye clinic and identify patients at a high risk of a heart attack.
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NIH study classifies vision loss and retinal changes in Stargardt disease

January 25, 2022

National Eye Institute researchers developed and validated an artificial-intelligence-based method to evaluate patients with Stargardt, an eye disease that can lead to childhood vision loss.
Komiyama and Hattori in computer lab

Neurobiologists Reveal How Value Decisions are Coded into Our Brains

November 23, 2021

Researchers UC San Diego discover that persistency allows value signals to be most effectively represented, or “coded,” across different areas of the brain.
OCT image of a retina

New biomarkers may detect early eye changes that can lead to diabetes-related blindness

July 26, 2021

New biomarkers found in the eyes could unlock the key to helping manage diabetic retinopathy, and perhaps even diabetes, according to new research conducted at the Indiana University School of Optometry.
Tiarnan Keenan

Patients use device to monitor AMD at home

July 16, 2021

Tiarnan Keenan, NEI Division of Epidemiology and Clinical Applications, and colleagues found that people with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) can successfully use the Notal Home OCT device to monitor their disease.
Slice of OCT image hovers over 3D segmentation of retinal cells

AI Spots Individual Neurons in the Eye Better than Human Experts

May 4, 2021

A new combination of optical coherence tomography (OCT), adaptive optics and deep neural networks should enable better diagnosis and monitoring for neuron-damaging eye and brain diseases like glaucoma.
Artist's rendering of photoreceptor signaling a retinal ganglion cell

Computer model fosters potential improvements to ‘bionic eye’ technology

April 9, 2021

Researchers at Keck School of Medicine of USC develop signals that could bring color vision and improved clarity to prosthesis for the blind.

Artificial Neuron Device Could Shrink Energy Use and Size of Neural Network Hardware

March 18, 2021

Training neural networks to perform tasks, such as recognizing images or navigating self-driving cars, could one day require less computing power and hardware thanks to a new artificial neuron device.
Two boys smile at the camera. Asymmetric dark spots block parts of the image, representing vision loss from diabetic retinopathy.

AI algorithms detect diabetic eye disease inconsistently

January 5, 2021

Researchers from UW Medicine have found that artificial intelligence-based screening algorithms to diagnose diabetic retinopathy do not perform as well as they claim.