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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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Attention to objects in peripheral vision is not driven by tiny eye movements

March 25, 2022

New research by National Eye Institute (NEI) investigators shows that while microsaccades seem to boost or diminish the strength of the brain signals underlying attention, eye movements are not drivers of those brain signals.
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Correcting night blindness in dogs

March 22, 2022

University of Pennsylvania researchers have developed a gene therapy that restores dim-light vision in dogs with a congenital form of night blindness, offering hope for treating a similar condition in people.
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Seen and ‘herd’: Collective motion in crowds is largely determined by participants’ field of vision

March 21, 2022

Researchers at Brown University developed a new model to predict human flocking behavior based on optics and other sensory data.
Green retinal ganglion cell spreads dendrites in all directions.

Antabuse may help revive vision in people with progressive blinding disorders

March 18, 2022

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have found that a drug once widely used to wean alcoholics off of drinking helps to improve sight in mice with retinal degeneration.
Dongkyun "DK" Kang

UArizona engineer leads $1M project to fight vision loss

March 17, 2022

Biomedical engineering and optical sciences professor DK Kang is developing a way to diagnose and treat corneal ulcers that's eight times cheaper and 20 times faster than today's gold standard.
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Indiana University-led study shows human induced pluripotent stem cells improve visual acuity, vascular health

March 17, 2022

Researchers improved vision in a type 2 diabetes mouse model by reprogramming blood cells into endothelial cells with vessel reparative properties similar to endothelial colony forming cells.
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NEI hosts international strategic planning meeting

March 16, 2022

The digital summit of global partners in vision research discussed opportunities for collaboration.
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Bunkers that save sight? UConn researchers take a close look

March 8, 2022

A team of neuroscientists at the University of Connecticut reports that the retina has a remarkable ability to wall off damage.
Kathryn Bollinger Sylvia Smith

Protein protects brain cells most impacted by glaucoma

March 3, 2022

Protein sigma 1 receptor, which is known to protect cells from stress, appears key to the function and survival of retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) in culture.
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Vision scientists discover new angle on path of light through photoreceptors

March 2, 2022

Researchers at the National Eye Institute (NEI) have discovered that power-producing organelles in the eye’s photoreceptor cells, called mitochondria, function as microlenses that help channel light to these cells’ outer segments.