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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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Study finds AI–driven eye exams increase screening rates for youth with diabetes

A study of children and youth with diabetes concludes that diabetic eye exams using artificial intelligence (AI) increase completion rates of screenings to detect diabetic eye disease.

Stanford Medicine researchers build an eye ‘aging clock’ that could lead to treatments for ocular diseases

Using a technique they developed for studying eye fluid, Stanford Medicine researchers and their collaborators have found a way to measure ocular aging, opening avenues for treatment of numerous eye diseases.
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AI used to advance drug delivery system for glaucoma and other chronic diseases

Researchers have used artificial intelligence models and machine-learning algorithms to successfully predict which components of amino acids that make up therapeutic proteins are most likely to safely deliver therapeutic drugs to animal eye cells.
Small baby sleeping in hospital.

Saving premature babies’ vision with a smartphone camera and artificial intelligence

An inexpensive, smartphone-based camera can help doctors identify premature infants needing treatment for retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), according to a new study funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI).
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Decoding Canine Cognition

Scientists have decoded visual images from a dog’s brain, offering a first look at how the canine mind reconstructs what it sees.
two people are taking a walk outside

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

Researchers at Brown University developed a new model to predict human flocking behavior based on optics and other sensory data.
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AI can identify heart disease from an eye scan

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.

NIH study classifies vision loss and retinal changes in Stargardt disease

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

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

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.