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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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NEI researchers discover cellular events that precede neurodegenerative eye disease

April 21, 2022

Molecular and cellular changes in rod photoreceptors are detectable in a mouse model of retinal degeneration several days prior to observable morphological changes, according to researchers at the National Eye Institute.
Schematic shows blood vessel leakage on side of retina

Vision improvement is long-lasting with treatment for blinding blood vessel condition

April 21, 2022

NIH-funded study finds many patients with retinal vein occlusion have vision benefits, but require long-term monitoring and treatment
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How do our eyes stay focused on what we reach for? Researchers uncover how our gaze is “anchored” in the brain

April 20, 2022

Findings offer new insights into how our movements are coordinated
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Ultrasound gave us our first baby pictures. Can it also help the blind see?

April 13, 2022

The research team in the USC Viterbi School of Engineering’s Department of Biomedical Engineering is exploring a non-surgical solution that could restore sight by using another of the five senses. Sound.
Image of Cortical neurons

Scientists unveil the format of working memory

April 7, 2022

A team of scientists has discovered how working memory is “formatted”—a finding that enhances our understanding of how visual memories are stored.
Cells of fruit fly visual system stained in rainbow colors

Scientists pinpoint what makes brain cells develop in a specific order

April 6, 2022

A study of the visual system of fruit flies reveals factors regulating neuron development and uncovers similarities with human brain development

New UCI-led study lays foundation for establishing base editing as a one-time, durable treatment for inherited retinal degeneration

April 5, 2022

A new study indicates base editing may provide long-lasting retinal protection and prevent vision deterioration in patients with inherited retinal degeneration, specifically in Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA) patients.
Photoreceptor degeneration tied to lipofuscin accumulation.

Advancing a treatment for a common eye disease that lacks one

April 1, 2022

The road from discovering a potential drug to getting the therapy into the hands of patients is a long and uncertain one. An NIH program called Blueprint Neurotherapeutics Network helps basic researchers prep for clinical trials and regulatory approval.

Decoding the molecular clock that controls neurogenesis in the visual center of Drosophila

April 1, 2022

The nervous system is made up of diverse cells that arise from progenitors in a specific time-dependent pattern. In a new study, researchers have uncovered the molecular players involved and how the timing is controlled.
3D colorized images of open and closed hand, and a face

How eye imaging technology could help robots and cars see better

March 29, 2022

Duke researchers demonstrate how a few tricks learned from their OCT research can improve on LIDAR, a technology used for vision in self-driving cars.