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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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LSU Health New Orleans researchers discover a key failure in AMD that may lead to progression and vision loss

September 11, 2023

Research suggests that age-related macular degeneration (AMD) decreases an essential fatty acid, preventing the formation of a class of protective molecules and reducing repair potential.
Two boys smile at the camera. Asymmetric dark spots block parts of the image, representing vision loss from diabetic retinopathy.

MSU researchers discover link between cholesterol and diabetic retinopathy

September 5, 2023

Researchers found that diabetes, age-related health conditions and other metabolic disorders can lead to a buildup of cholesterol in the retina, which could contribute to diabetic retinopathy.
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UC Irvine researchers discover a nanobody which may lead to treatment for retinitis pigmentosa

August 31, 2023

University of California Irvine (UCI) researchers believe they have discovered a special antibody that may lead to a treatment for an inherited eye disease called retinitis pigmentosa.
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SUNY Optometry receives NIH grant to study the link between myopia and glaucoma

July 25, 2023

SUNY College of Optometry’s Dr. Alexandra Benavente-Pérez was awarded a grant that will explore the unknown nature of the relationship between myopia (nearsightedness) and glaucoma by focusing on their effect on the ganglion cell complex.
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Could drops replace eye injections for retina disease?

July 12, 2023

A new study suggests that eye drops developed by Columbia University researchers could be a more effective–and comfortable–therapy for a common eye disease currently treated with injections into the eye.
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Study uncovers novel synaptic intricacies inside the retina

June 21, 2023

A Northwestern Medicine study has uncovered novel cellular mechanisms within the retina, findings that could help advance the development of targeted therapeutics for diseases and conditions affecting vision.
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NEI Scientists publish recipe for making blood vessel cells from patient stem cells

May 15, 2023

Researchers at NIH’s National Eye Institute have published a detailed protocol for making three cell types that are key components to form blood vessels and capillaries.
Axon terminals of color photoreceptors

Do people and monkeys see colors the same way?

April 28, 2023

Study from University of Washington shows some nerve cell circuits for color vision are uniquely human.
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New insights: Eye damage in Alzheimer’s disease patients

March 3, 2023

Cedars-Sinai investigators map changes to the retina that correspond to brain changes in the early stage of Alzheimer's disease, opening a path to earlier diagnosis.
A person with diabetes checks their blood sugar

Researchers unravel why episodes of low blood sugar worsen eye disease in people with diabetes

January 26, 2023

Researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine say they have linked transient low blood sugar levels that occur in people with diabetes with a molecular pathway that is turned on in oxygen-starved cells in the eye.