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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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Study: Cataract surgery linked with lessened dementia risk

December 8, 2021

Cataracts affect most older adults at risk for dementia, and now researchers are finding strong evidence that cataract surgery is associated with a lower risk of developing dementia.
Spencer Smith with microscope in laboratory

A New Microscope for Imaging Neural Circuitry

December 2, 2021

Researchers from UCSB report the development of a new microscope they describe as “Dual Independent Enhanced Scan Engines for Large field-of-view Two-Photon imaging (Diesel2p),” which provides unprecedented brain-imaging ability.
Mouse retina

NIH scientists discover new B cell that tempers autoimmunity

December 2, 2021

Findings in mice point to potential therapies for blinding eye disease uveitis and multiple sclerosis
Optical illusion showing a vase or two faces

Which side is which?: How the brain perceives borders

November 30, 2021

Salk scientists have discovered that neurons deep in the brain’s cortex are the first to compute which side of a visual border is an object and which side is background.
Komiyama and Hattori in computer lab

Neurobiologists Reveal How Value Decisions are Coded into Our Brains

November 23, 2021

Researchers UC San Diego discover that persistency allows value signals to be most effectively represented, or “coded,” across different areas of the brain.
Retinal pigment epithelial cells stained green and magenta

CU Researchers Provide First Evidence Linking Extracellular Vesicles with Drusen Formation and Age-Related Macular Degeneration

November 12, 2021

CellSight researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine are offering the first evidence connecting drusen formation, or yellowish deposits that accumulate under the retina, with extracellular vesicles and age-related macular degeneration.

Retinoid Therapy May Improve Vision in People with Rare Genetic Disorder, According to Study in Mice

November 9, 2021

Researchers have uncovered the mechanism of vision loss in Usher syndrome, yielding additional drug targets for eventual development of better therapies.
Group photo of the 2017 DIVRO class.

DIVRO: Encouraging diversity through summer internships

November 4, 2021

The NEI launched the Diversity in Vision Research and Ophthalmology summer internship program in 2011.

Small amounts of carbon monoxide may help protect vision in diabetes

November 4, 2021

The Medical College of Georgia scientists have early evidence that HBI-002, a low-dose oral compound, can safely reduce oxidative stress and inflammation in the retina, both early, major contributors to diabetic retinopathy.
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NEI unveils “Vision for the Future”

November 1, 2021

The National Eye Institute has released a new strategic plan. 2021 Vision for the Future charts the next five years of NEI’s mission: to eliminate vision loss and improve quality of life through vision research.