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NEI Pays Tribute to Founding Father Jules Stein

February 24, 2014

The National Eye Institute paid tribute to the late Dr. Jules Stein on Jan. 7, 2014.

A short stay in darkness may heal hearing woes

February 5, 2014

Call it the Ray Charles Effect: a young child who is blind develops a keen ability to hear things that others cannot. Researchers have long known this can happen in the brains of the very young, which are malleable enough to re-wire some circuits

In the brain, the number of neurons in a network may not matter

February 3, 2014

A new study indicates that it may be possible to accurately characterize complete neural networks by recording the activity of properly selected samples of 50 neurons or less - an alternative that is much easier to realize.

NEI's Brooks elected to elite physician-scientist organization

February 3, 2014

Dr. Brian Brooks of NEI has been elected into one of the nation’s most respected medical honor societies, the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI).

Within sight: Light-activated drugs for restoring vision

February 3, 2014

Researchers have made progress toward an approach that would use light-sensitive drugs to stimulate cells in the retina and restore vision to people who are blind or visually impaired.

An Experimental Contact Lens to Prevent Glaucoma-Induced Blindness

February 3, 2014

Like a miniature donut stuffed inside a tiny pita pocket, a common glaucoma medicine is sandwiched inside this specially designed contact lens.

Visual System Can Retain Plasticity, Even After Extended Early Blindness

January 27, 2014

Deprivation of vision during critical periods of childhood development has long been thought to result in irreversible vision loss.

Expanding our view of vision

January 26, 2014

Every time you open your eyes, visual information flows into your brain, which interprets what you're seeing. Now, for the first time, MIT neuroscientists have noninvasively mapped this flow of information in the human brain with unique accuracy

Parkinson's drugs could provide new avenue to treat diabetes-related vision problems

January 21, 2014

Dopamine-restoring drugs already used to treat Parkinson's disease may also be beneficial for the treatment of diabetic retinopathy, a leading cause of blindness in adults, Emory University researchers have discovered.

Light Exposure During Pregnancy Key to Normal Eye Development

January 16, 2014

Scientists say the unexpected finding offers a new basic understanding of fetal eye development and ocular diseases caused by vascular disorders - in particular one called retinopathy of prematurity that can blind premature infants.