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A Rift in the Retina May Help Repair the Optic Nerve

January 14, 2021

In experiments in mouse tissues and human cells, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers say they have found that removing a membrane that lines the back of the eye may improve the success rate for regrowing nerve cells damaged by blinding diseases.

Tracing the many paths of vision

December 23, 2020

A team of scientists have created a molecular catalog that describes the different types of retinal ganglion cells in zebrafish, linking them to specific connections, functions, and behaviors.

Surgical and drug treatment options lead to similar outcomes for diabetic eye disease

December 15, 2020

Surgical and injectable drug approaches are equally effective for treatment of bleeding inside the eye from proliferative diabetic retinopathy (PDR), according to a National Eye Institute (NEI)-supported clinical study from the DRCR Retina Network .

LSU Health New Orleans Discovers Drug Development Target for Retinal Dystrophies

December 1, 2020

A new study shows that deleting one of the inhibitors of the RPE65 gene in a mouse model that carries a human disease mutation prevents degeneration of cone photoreceptors that are used for daytime high-resolution color vision.

New strategy for treating common retinal diseases shows promise

October 27, 2020

Scientists at Scripps Research have uncovered a potential new strategy for treating eye diseases that affect millions of people around the world, often resulting in blindness.

OMRF discovery holds potential for reversing vision loss

October 6, 2020

Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation scientists have identified a compound that could give birth to therapies for a host of eye diseases that include retinopathy of prematurity and diabetic retinopathy.
City scene at night. Credit: Luca Bravo on Unsplash

How is night vision maintained during retinal disease?

September 24, 2020

New research from the University of Utah provides insight on how people with retinal degenerative disease can maintain their night vision for a relatively long period of time.
Retinal ganglion cell with a red cell body and green axons spread out over a large area

Real neurons are noisy. Can a retinal prosthetic figure that out?

September 16, 2020

The brain’s visual centers must be adept at filtering out noise from retinal cells to get to the true signal, and those filters have to constantly adapt. Prosthetic retinas are going to need this same filtering to succeed, NEI-funded research shows.
Retina flattened to 4 lobes, stained yellow and blue

LSU Health show nonharmful stress protects against disease in offspring

September 11, 2020

Researchers funded by the National Eye Institute show in a mammalian model the reprogramming of heritability to promote disease resilience in the next generation.
Cut into 3D volume displaying flat pattern of round cells

Seeing the eye like never before

September 9, 2020

Scientists at the University of Washington School of Medicine detect minute changes in response to light in photoreceptors in a living eye.