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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 Houston expert warns red light myopia therapy can injure retina

A University of Houston optometry researcher is warning against the use of low-level red light (LLRL) therapy as a method to control myopia, or nearsightedness, especially in children.
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New technique enhances quality control of lab-grown cells for AMD treatment

NEI researchers improved a crucial step in the production of retinal pigment epithelium (RPE), a tissue they grow in the lab from patient blood cells and are testing in a clinical trial as treatment for AMD.

NEI grantees receive Lasker Award for imaging discovery

The Lasker Foundation cited a trio of scientists, who with NEI funding, developed OCT, one of the most widely used technologies for imaging the eye.
New York subway with moving train.

New app developed at NYU Tandon promises to make navigating subway stations easier for people with blindness and low vision

Designed by researchers at NYU, Commute Booster routes public-transportation users through the “middle mile” — the part of a journey inside subway stations or other similar transit hubs.
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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NIH researchers use 3D bioprinting to create eye tissue

Scientists used patient stem cells and 3D bioprinting to produce eye tissue that will advance understanding of the mechanisms of blinding diseases.
Long distance connections in the brain.

New method enables long-lasting imaging of rapid brain activity in individual cells deep in the cortex

Scientists at Baylor College of Medicine and collaborating institutions report a new sensor that allows neuroscientists to image brain activity without missing signals, for an extended time and deeper in the brain than previously possible.
A 3D readout of a protein gel.

Baylor Study Combines Lithophane, 3D Printing to Make Scientific Data Accessible to Everyone Regardless of Level of Eyesight

Scientists use old-fashioned art form and 3D printing to make major advance in eliminating exclusion of individuals with blindness or low vision from chemistry and other life sciences.

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

Scientists from Augusta University have fine-tuned a non-invasive and efficient way to evaluate the tear film for clues about wellness and disease.
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How eye imaging technology could help robots and cars see better

Duke researchers demonstrate how a few tricks learned from their OCT research can improve on LIDAR, a technology used for vision in self-driving cars.