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Eye scans showing retinal vein occlusion with and without Casp-9 inhibitor

New Eye Drops May Prevent a Common Cause of Blindness

June 29, 2020

Researchers at Columbia University Irving Medical Center have developed eye drops that could prevent vision loss after retinal vein occlusion, a major cause of blindness for millions of adults worldwide.
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UB-UAB collaboration stimulates rethinking of a degenerative eye disease

June 25, 2020

Researchers from the University of Buffalo have found new information about retinitis pigmentosa, a condition that begins in childhood with night blindness and loss of peripheral vision.
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Star-Shaped Brain Cells May Play a Critical Role in Glaucoma

June 23, 2020

After a brain injury, cells that normally nourish nerves may actually kill them instead, a new NYU study in rodents finds. This “reactive” phenomenon may be the driving factor behind neurodegenerative diseases like glaucoma, a leading cause of blindness.
Layers of the retina as drawn by Ramon y Cajal

Researchers look to the eye for insights about the brain

June 23, 2020

Researchers seeking to unravel the mysteries of how our amazingly complex brains do what they do, often start with the eye. The retina, the light-sensing tissue at the back of the eye has long been a model for scientists to explore how the brain works.
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National Eye Institute establishes office of regenerative medicine

June 18, 2020

The National Eye Institute (NEI) has established an office to accelerate progress in regenerative medicine for eye disease and vision disorders.
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Seeing corneal degeneration in a new light

June 17, 2020

The molecular changes that lead to Fuchs’ endothelial corneal dystrophy (FECD) occur decades before the disease causes blurry vision and other noticeable symptoms in patients, new research by UT Southwestern scientists shows.
An illustration of a human brain with stimulated neurons.

Inhibitory Interneurons in Hippocampus Excite the Developing Brain

June 12, 2020

A new study from the George Washington University finds that in some parts of the developing brain, the inhibitory neurons cause excitation rather than suppression of brain activity, which could have implications for the treatment of neonatal seizures.
Microscopy image of lens and zone fibers stained red, blue and green.

New research on Marfan syndrome focuses on eyes

June 12, 2020

New NEI-supported research provides insight into the eye conditions associated with Marfan syndrome, where weakened zonule fibers cause vision problems.
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IU researchers model human stem cells to identify degeneration in glaucoma

June 11, 2020

Using human stem cell models, researchers at Indiana University School of Medicine found they could analyze deficits within cells damaged by glaucoma, with the potential to use this information to develop new strategies to slow the disease process.
Man getting his eyes examined by a doctor using a slit lamp

Retinitis pigmentosa research probes role of the enzyme DHDDS in this genetic disease

June 10, 2020

Researchers who made a knock-in mouse-model of the genetic disorder retinitis pigmentosa 59, or RP59, found no retinal degeneration or thinning, calling into question the commonly accepted mechanism for RP59.