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How the Brain Learns That Earmuffs Are Not Valuable at the Beach

January 19, 2021

A new study from the University of Tsukuba in Japan and the NEI reveals how the brain learns to place different values on objects depending on the environmental context.

A Rift in the Retina May Help Repair the Optic Nerve

January 14, 2021

In experiments in mouse tissues and human cells, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers say they have found that removing a membrane that lines the back of the eye may improve the success rate for regrowing nerve cells damaged by blinding diseases.

A Niche for the Eye

January 12, 2021

Research from the Stowers Institute suggests that the ciliary body might be key to detecting eye diseases before vision is impaired.
Two boys smile at the camera. Asymmetric dark spots block parts of the image, representing vision loss from diabetic retinopathy.

AI algorithms detect diabetic eye disease inconsistently

January 5, 2021

Researchers from UW Medicine have found that artificial intelligence-based screening algorithms to diagnose diabetic retinopathy do not perform as well as they claim.
Dr. Emily Chew of the National Eye Institute examines a patient’s eyes. Photo credit: National Eye Institute.

Routine eye scans may give clues to cognitive decline in diabetes

January 4, 2021

Scientists at Joslin Diabetes Center now have shown that routine eye imaging can identify changes in the retina that may be associated with cognitive disorders in older people with type 1 diabetes.
Fundus photo showing medium drusen

VisionQuest Gains FDA 510(k) Clearance for the Image Quality Analyzer Software

December 30, 2020

The IQA is a software system intended for use in importing, displaying, analyzing and managing images acquired with digital fundus cameras. The patented software detects the most common causes of retinal imaging artifacts.

Tracing the many paths of vision

December 23, 2020

A team of scientists have created a molecular catalog that describes the different types of retinal ganglion cells in zebrafish, linking them to specific connections, functions, and behaviors.
Slice through a 3D eye

Zika Virus Affects Eye Development Before But Not After Birth

December 18, 2020

A new study has found that Zika infection during the first trimester of pregnancy can impact fetal retinal development and cause congenital ocular anomalies. The virus does not appear to affect ocular growth postnatally.
Slice of brain scan showing highlights in the cortex

NIH researchers discover brain area crucial for recognizing visual events

December 17, 2020

Researchers at the National Eye Institute (NEI) report that a brain region in the superior temporal sulcus (fSTS) is crucial for processing and making decisions about visual information.
Image shows eye globe, optic nerve, lens, cornea, pupil, meshwork, angle, and where fluid forms and exits the front of the eye.

Cataract surgery in infancy increases glaucoma risk

December 17, 2020

Children who undergo cataract surgery as infants have a 22% risk of glaucoma 10 years later, whether or not they receive an intraocular lens implant. The findings come from the National Eye Institute (NEI)-funded Infant Aphakic Treatment Study.