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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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illustration showing axial elongation of the eye from myopia

Very low-dose atropine eye drops no better than placebo for slowing myopia progression

July 13, 2023

Use of low-dose atropine eyedrops (concentration 0.01%) was no better than placebo at slowing myopia (nearsightedness) progression and elongation of the eye among children treated for two years

Reading and visual health

April 5, 2023

Researchers at the State University of New York help explain how reading might contribute to myopia.

Multifocal contact lenses slow myopia progression in children

August 11, 2020

Children wearing multifocal contact lenses had slower progression of their myopia, according to results from a clinical trial funded by the National Eye Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health.

Four in 10 US Adults Are at High Risk for Vision Loss

March 12, 2020

In 2017, approximately 93 million US adults aged 18 years or older, or about 4 in 10, were at high risk for vision loss, according to a new study published in JAMA Ophthalmology.
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Eye exam: Can specific types of light prevent or slow myopia?

August 5, 2019

With a $1.8 million research grant sponsored by the National Eye Institute, UH optometrist Lisa Ostrin is examining why an ever-increasing number of youngsters need glasses.
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Myopia: A close look at efforts to turn back a growing problem

October 3, 2017

Several studies indicate that the prevalence of myopia is increasing in the U.S. and worldwide, and researchers project that the trend will continue in the coming decades.
Scientists are designing an accommodating contact lens for presbyopia, a condition that tends to occur in one’s forties when a stiffening of the eye’s lens makes it difficult to focus on close objects. Many of the components for the contact lens – the sensors, electronics, solar cells – would be embedded along the edge of a flexible material. Credit: Hongrui Jiang, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Fish and Insects Guide Design for Future Contact Lenses

March 14, 2016

Making the most of the low light in the muddy rivers where it swims, the elephant nose fish survives by being able to spot predators amongst the muck with a uniquely shaped retina, the part of the eye that captures light.
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National Institutes of Health releases data from largest pediatric eye study

August 19, 2011

Study estimates prevalence of vision disorders among preschool children in three ethnic groups, identifies risk factors
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Myopia Increasing in the U.S. Population

February 17, 2010

A National Eye Institute (NEI) study found that the prevalence of myopia, or nearsightedness, increased 66 percent in the United States between 1971-1972 and 1999-2004.
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Statement on the Use of Progressive Addition Lenses vs. Single Vision Lenses to Treat Myopia in Children

March 25, 2003

Researchers have found that the three-year progression of myopia (nearsightedness) in a large group of ethnically diverse children who wore progressive addition lenses (PALs or no-line bifocals) was slightly less than that of children who wore single...