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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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Green-stained limbal stem cells track towards center of mouse cornea.

Dry eye disease alters how the eye’s cornea heals itself after injury

January 2, 2023

Studying mice, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found that proteins made by stem cells that regenerate the cornea may be new targets for treating and preventing corneal injuries in people with dry eye.
Face-on view of an iris and pupil

National Institutes of Health awards Case Western Reserve University $7.3M for eye research

November 9, 2022

NEI grant will support examining impact of pain and inflammation on eye’s surface and possible link to diseases.
Scientists with plate of bacteria

Wayne State University researchers use drug repurposing to treat resistant bacterial eye infections

September 15, 2022

Researchers from Wayne State University School of Medicine have identified three non-antibiotic drugs that can protect the eye from severe inflammation during bacterial infection.

Noninvasive technique collects sufficient tear fluid to look for biomarkers of health and disease

May 27, 2022

Scientists from Augusta University have fine-tuned a non-invasive and efficient way to evaluate the tear film for clues about wellness and disease.
Green iris

Report on anterior segment inflammation and immunity posted

February 2, 2022

Part of the Anterior Segment Initiative, the meeting addressed gaps in knowledge, barriers to new therapies, and promising areas for research.

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.
3D printed model of Sars-CoV-2

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.
diagram of the eye

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.
3D printed model of Sars-CoV-2

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.
Stem cell illustastration

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.