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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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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.
Man getting eye exam

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.
OCT image of a retina

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.
Tiarnan Keenan

Patients use device to monitor AMD at home

July 16, 2021

Tiarnan Keenan, NEI Division of Epidemiology and Clinical Applications, and colleagues found that people with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) can successfully use the Notal Home OCT device to monitor their disease.
Slice of OCT image hovers over 3D segmentation of retinal cells

AI Spots Individual Neurons in the Eye Better than Human Experts

May 4, 2021

A new combination of optical coherence tomography (OCT), adaptive optics and deep neural networks should enable better diagnosis and monitoring for neuron-damaging eye and brain diseases like glaucoma.
Photoreceptor precursor cells (red) are shown with extended axons toward bipolar cells.

Audacious projects develop imaging technology to aid eye tissue regeneration

April 21, 2021

As regenerative therapies for blinding diseases move closer to clinical trials, the NEI's functional imaging consortium is pioneering noninvasive technologies to monitor the function of the retina’s neurons and their connections to the brain.

NEI joins call for standardization of ophthalmic imaging devices

April 8, 2021

Not all health care providers speak the same language, but the software in their clinical imaging devices can and should.
Rod and cone photoreceptors are shown in greyscale images.

NIH-led team sets new bar in retinal imaging

March 11, 2021

A team led by scientists at the National Eye Institute (NEI) has noninvasively visualized the light-sensing cells in the back of the eye, known as photoreceptors, in greater detail than ever before.