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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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Multifocal contact lenses slow myopia progression in children

August 11, 2020

Children wearing multifocal contact lenses had slower progression of their myopia, according to results from a clinical trial funded by the National Eye Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health.
Eye chart with "myopia" in focus

Myopia: A close look at efforts to turn back a growing problem

October 3, 2017

Several studies indicate that the prevalence of myopia is increasing in the U.S. and worldwide, and researchers project that the trend will continue in the coming decades.
Scientists are designing an accommodating contact lens for presbyopia, a condition that tends to occur in one’s forties when a stiffening of the eye’s lens makes it difficult to focus on close objects. Many of the components for the contact lens – the sensors, electronics, solar cells – would be embedded along the edge of a flexible material. Credit: Hongrui Jiang, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Fish and Insects Guide Design for Future Contact Lenses

March 14, 2016

Making the most of the low light in the muddy rivers where it swims, the elephant nose fish survives by being able to spot predators amongst the muck with a uniquely shaped retina, the part of the eye that captures light.
Moderate hyperopia, if not treated, may affect reading ability and grade school readiness among preschoolers. Credit: Joe Balintfy, NEI.

Uncorrected Farsightedness Linked to Literacy Deficits in Preschoolers

January 26, 2016

A study funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI), part of the National Institutes of Health, has shown that uncorrected farsightedness (hyperopia) in preschool children is associated with significantly worse performance on a test of early literacy.
A child wearing a contact lens. A green dye is used to evaluate the fit of hard lenses. Credit: Dr. Scott Lambert, Emory.

Contacts better than permanent lenses for babies after cataract surgery

March 6, 2014

For adults and children who undergo cataract surgery, implantation of an artificial lens is the standard of care.
An experimental contact lens design releases a glaucoma medicine at a steady rate for up to a month. Credit: Peter Mallen, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Laboratory/Kohane Laboratory, Boston Children's Hospital.

An Experimental Contact Lens to Prevent Glaucoma-Induced Blindness

February 3, 2014

Like a miniature donut stuffed inside a tiny pita pocket, a common glaucoma medicine is sandwiched inside this specially designed contact lens.