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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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Foscarnet and Ganciclovir Compared as Treatment for CMV Retinitis

October 21, 1991

Results from a large, multicenter clinical trial show that patients with AIDS treated for cytomegalovirus (CMV) retinitis
Glaucoma and the optic nerve

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.
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Fluorouracil Improves Glaucoma Surgery Outcome

December 15, 1989

Louis W. Sullivan, Secretary of Health and Human Services, has announced results of a clinical trial demonstrating a 50 percent improvement in surgical control of glaucoma in patients at high risk for blindness.
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.
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Light Reduction Does Not Affect Blinding Eye Disease in Premature Infants

May 27, 1988

Researchers supported by the National Eye Institute have determined that light reduction has no effect on the development of a potentially blinding eye disorder in low birthweight infants
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Freeze Treatment Reduces Blindness in Premature Infants

March 29, 1988

Briefly freezing a portion of the eye’s surface can protect many premature infants against blindness from retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), a disease that causes visual loss in 2,600 infants in the United States annually.
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Laser Treatment Effective for Diabetic Retinopathy

April 1, 1976

New evidence from a nationwide study shows that treatment for some powerful beams of light can substantially reduce the risk of blindness for some people with severe eye disease caused by diabetes.