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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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Tuncay first to complete NEI international fellowship in ocular genetics

September 26, 2022

Fulya Yaylacıoğlu Tuncay, M.D., Ph.D., said she gained crucial experience in translational medicine as the first participant in an ocular genetics fellowship program sponsored by NEI and the International Council of Ophthalmology.
Image of an eye with choroideremia, characterized by enlarged RPE cells.

Novel imaging approach reveals important details about rare eye disease choroideremia

September 13, 2022

Researchers at the National Eye Institute (NEI) have shown for the first time how cells across different tissue layers in the eye are affected in people with choroideremia, a rare genetic disorder that leads to blindness.
Retinal organoid with green photoreceptor outer segments.

NIH researchers develop gene therapy for rare ciliopathy

September 8, 2022

Researchers from the National Eye Institute (NEI) have developed a gene therapy that rescues cilia defects in retinal cells affected by a type of Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA), a disease that causes blindness in early childhood.

Employee Offers Personal Account of NIH-Supported Clinical Research

July 22, 2022

Dr. David Kosub shares a first-hand experience of participating in the National Ophthalmic Disease Genotyping and Phenotyping Network (eyeGENE).
Images of a patient eye with new TIMP3 maculopathy

NIH researchers discover new genetic eye disease

June 8, 2022

Researchers from the National Eye Institute (NEI) have identified a new disease that affects the macula, a small part of the light-sensing retina needed for sharp, central vision.
A mosquito with one leg on a red disc

Mosquitoes are seeing red: Why new findings about their vision could help you hide from these disease vectors

February 4, 2022

New research led by scientists at the University of Washington indicates that a common mosquito species — after detecting a telltale gas that we exhale — flies toward specific colors, including red, orange, black and cyan.
Jackie Norrie and Victoria Honnell

Modular super-enhancer controls retinal development

January 11, 2022

Scientists at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital identified distinct functions for regions of a super-enhancer that controls gene expression during retina formation, calling it a ‘modular’ super-enhancer.

Retinoid Therapy May Improve Vision in People with Rare Genetic Disorder, According to Study in Mice

November 9, 2021

Researchers have uncovered the mechanism of vision loss in Usher syndrome, yielding additional drug targets for eventual development of better therapies.
Mother and her daughter smile for the camera

Genomic Study Revealing Among Diverse Populations with Inherited Retinal Disease

October 19, 2021

International effort identified new and different causative gene variants for a group of diseases that can lead to severe vision loss or blindness.
A diagram of the eye with a green arrow showing how fluid normally passes through the space between the iris and the cornea and drains out of the eye back into the bloodstream.

A new treatment for glaucoma?

October 18, 2021

A Northwestern Medicine study in mice has identified new treatment targets for glaucoma, including preventing a severe pediatric form of glaucoma, as well as uncovering a possible new class of therapy for the most common form of glaucoma in adults.