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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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Ultrasound gave us our first baby pictures. Can it also help the blind see?

April 13, 2022

The research team in the USC Viterbi School of Engineering’s Department of Biomedical Engineering is exploring a non-surgical solution that could restore sight by using another of the five senses. Sound.
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How eye imaging technology could help robots and cars see better

March 29, 2022

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.
Dongkyun "DK" Kang

UArizona engineer leads $1M project to fight vision loss

March 17, 2022

Biomedical engineering and optical sciences professor DK Kang is developing a way to diagnose and treat corneal ulcers that's eight times cheaper and 20 times faster than today's gold standard.
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AI can identify heart disease from an eye scan

January 25, 2022

Scientists have developed an artificial intelligence system that can analyze eye scans taken during a routine visit to an optician or eye clinic and identify patients at a high risk of a heart attack.
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NIH study classifies vision loss and retinal changes in Stargardt disease

January 25, 2022

National Eye Institute researchers developed and validated an artificial-intelligence-based method to evaluate patients with Stargardt, an eye disease that can lead to childhood vision loss.

Reimagining immunity in the eye

December 8, 2021

In a new study, the researchers show that immune cells respond to the lens, not just following an acute injury in the eye, but also to long-lasting inflammation.
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Study: Cataract surgery linked with lessened dementia risk

December 8, 2021

Cataracts affect most older adults at risk for dementia, and now researchers are finding strong evidence that cataract surgery is associated with a lower risk of developing dementia.
Spencer Smith with microscope in laboratory

A New Microscope for Imaging Neural Circuitry

December 2, 2021

Researchers from UCSB report the development of a new microscope they describe as “Dual Independent Enhanced Scan Engines for Large field-of-view Two-Photon imaging (Diesel2p),” which provides unprecedented brain-imaging ability.
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New biomarkers may detect early eye changes that can lead to diabetes-related blindness

July 26, 2021

New biomarkers found in the eyes could unlock the key to helping manage diabetic retinopathy, and perhaps even diabetes, according to new research conducted at the Indiana University School of Optometry.
Female shown from overhead standing with her eye open receiving OCT scan.

NEI-funded technology promises to broaden access to retinal scanning

July 22, 2021

A National Eye Institute-funded project at Duke University has yielded a fully automated optical coherence tomography (OCT) device that does not require a trained operator and promises to broaden access to retinal imaging technology.