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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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Eye Implant Effective in Treating CMV Retinitis

December 14, 1994

A National Eye Institute (NEI) clinical trial reported today that anew, drug-releasing device was effective in treating cytomegalovirus (CMV) retinitis, a sight-threatening disease that affects one out offour people with AIDS.
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Ten-Year Results on Radial Keratotomy Released

October 13, 1994

After a decade of patient followup, a National Eye Institute (NEI)-supported study reported today that radial keratotomy (RK) remained a reasonably safe and effective technique to improve distance vision.
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Corticosteroids for First-Time Optic Neuritis Lowers Risk of Developing Multiple Sclerosis

December 8, 1993

Over half of all people with first-time optic neuritis, a vision-impairing inflammation of the optic nerve, will eventually develop multiple sclerosis (MS).
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Treatment for Retinitis Pigmentosa Reported

June 14, 1993

Most adults with blinding retinitis pigmentosa (RP) should take a daily, 15,000 IU vitamin A supplement, based on results from a large, randomized clinical trial published today in the Archives of Ophthalmology.
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ETDRS 5-Year Followup Data Released

March 9, 1993

The National Eye Institute reported today that current treatmentsfor a common, sight-threatening complication of diabetes have proved95 percent effective in maintaining vision, but 8,000 still go blindeach year from this disease.
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Laser Therapy Show Promise As Alternative to Glaucoma Drugs

December 7, 1990

Results from two years of patient followup in a randomized clinical trial suggest that argon laser therapy may be a safe and effective alternative to eyedrops as a first treatment for patients with newly diagnosed open-angle glaucoma.
Two boys smile at the camera. Asymmetric dark spots block parts of the image, representing vision loss from diabetic retinopathy.

Laser Treatment Highly Effective in Treating Diabetic Retinopathy

October 30, 1989

New findings from a nationwide clinical trial supported by theNational Eye Institute (NEI) provide further evidence that laser treatment is highly effective in preventing visual loss from diabetic eye disease.