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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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Cartography of the visual cortex

October 28, 2021

Researchers at the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (MPFI) have uncovered a surprisingly complex yet precisely ordered map of visual space in area V2 of the cortex.
Green fluorescent neuronal cell passing through several layers of retina.

Researchers Discover New Type of Nerve Cell in the Retina

October 28, 2021

Scientists at the John A. Moran Eye Center at the University of Utah have discovered a new type of nerve cell, or neuron, in the retina. The newly identified Campana cell could play a role in visual signal processing.
Brad Gelfand, Ph.D., in the laboratory

Prozac Pegged as Potential Treatment for a Leading Cause of Blindness

October 21, 2021

An antidepressant best known as Prozac could offer the first treatment for the leading cause of blindness among people over 50, new research from the University of Virginia School of Medicine suggests.
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Genomic Study Revealing Among Diverse Populations with Inherited Retinal Disease

October 19, 2021

International effort identified new and different causative gene variants for a group of diseases that can lead to severe vision loss or blindness.
A diagram of the eye with a green arrow showing how fluid normally passes through the space between the iris and the cornea and drains out of the eye back into the bloodstream.

A new treatment for glaucoma?

October 18, 2021

A Northwestern Medicine study in mice has identified new treatment targets for glaucoma, including preventing a severe pediatric form of glaucoma, as well as uncovering a possible new class of therapy for the most common form of glaucoma in adults.
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Learning how transplanted neurons fit in

October 7, 2021

As scientists move closer to testing regenerative therapies for eye disease, techniques are needed to monitor transplanted cells as they integrate with host tissues.

Toxic DNA Buildup May Drive Macular Degeneration

September 30, 2021

Damaging DNA builds up in the eyes of patients with geographic atrophy, an untreatable, poorly understood form of age-related macular degeneration that causes blindness, new research from the University of Virginia School of Medicine reveals.
Two boys smile at camera. Dark spot in center of image represents vision loss from AMD.

AMD: Reading ability crucial indicator of functional loss

September 30, 2021

In geographic atrophy, a late form of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), reading ability is closely related to the altered retinal structure.

Living Retina Achieves Sensitivity and Efficiency Engineers Can Only Dream About

September 28, 2021

In a pair of papers on retinal structure, Duke University neurobiologists have shown that the rigors of natural selection and evolution have shaped the retinas in our eyes just as this theory of optimization would predict.
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NIH-funded study shows screening device accurately detects amblyopia (lazy eye)

September 27, 2021

A handheld screening device that detects subtle misalignment of the eyes accurately identifies children with amblyopia (lazy eye), according to a study published in the Journal of American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus.