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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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University of Oregon researchers develop gene therapy for eye disease

August 3, 2021

Researchers have developed a new gene therapy that could eventually provide an alternative treatment for Fuchs’ endothelial corneal dystrophy, a genetic eye disease affecting roughly one in 2,000 people globally.
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COVID-19 Found in The Cornea: Are Transplants a Transmission Risk?

December 10, 2020

A multi-institutional study finds that COVID-19 can be found in post-mortem corneal tissue, highlighting the importance of the donor screening process.
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Unique Schwann Cells: The Eyes Have It

November 20, 2020

A new study from University of Connecticut details a method of characterizing every cell in the cornea using an approach known as single-cell RNA sequence analysis to answer questions about the cornea’s healing process.
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Cornea appears to resist infection from novel coronavirus

November 3, 2020

New findings from researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis suggest the eye’s cornea can resist infection from the novel coronavirus.
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New stem cell technique offers hope for those with corneal damage

September 1, 2020

Harvard Medical School surgeons at Massachusetts Eye and Ear have replaced the ocular surface of four patients who each experienced chemical burns to one eye.
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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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Unlocking the mystery of corneal healing

February 14, 2020

New research by bioengineer David Schmidtke is helping understand how corneal repair cells called keratocytes sometimes result in scarring and blindness.
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Antibody-based eye drops show promise for treating dry eye disease

October 11, 2019

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago are the first to identify the presence of a specific type of antibody, called anti-citrullinated protein autoantibodies, or ACPAs, in human tear fluid.
Grantee News

New Treatment for Severe Dry Eye Disease Promising in Early Clinical Trials

May 7, 2019

Participants in a phase I/II clinical trial of a new enzyme-based treatment for severe dry eye disease experienced reduced signs of disease and discomfort, according to a paper in Translational Vision Science and Technology.
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Omega-3s from fish oil supplements no better than placebo for dry eye

April 13, 2018

Omega-3 fatty acid supplements taken orally proved no better than placebo at relieving symptoms or signs of dry eye, according to the findings of a well-controlled trial funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI), part of the National Institutes of Health