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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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Photoreceptor precursors

Progress toward a stem cell–based therapy for blindness

julio 28, 2022

A multi-institutional effort led by researchers at the UPenn School of Veterinary Medicine is taking steps to develop an effective technique to regenerate photoreceptors cells and restore sight in people with vision disorders.
Graph showing that odd ratio for advanced vision loss for African Americans is significantly higher than for non-hispanic whites.

Black patients found six times more likely to have advanced vision loss after glaucoma diagnosis than white patients

julio 25, 2022

Black patients have a dramatically higher risk of advanced vision loss after a new diagnosis of primary open angle glaucoma (POAG) when compared to white patients, according to a new study from New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai (NYEE).
ABC cells in culture

LSU Health New Orleans Develops New Human Cell Line to Study Blinding Eye Disorders

julio 12, 2022

Scientists at LSU Health New Orleans Neuroscience Center of Excellence have developed a new, experimental human cell line from retinal pigment epithelial cells.
Functional map of inhibitory neurons in visual cortex

Experience Required: A role for vision in the development of inhibitory networks

julio 12, 2022

New research from the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience demonstrates that inhibitory and excitatory neuronal circuits of the visual system develop through different processes, even if the organization of the mature circuit is similar.
Joseph Schumacher and David Fitzpatrick

Spot the difference: Brain changes that enable fine visual discrimination learning

julio 8, 2022

In a new research study from the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience, scientists have now discovered the neuronal changes that occur during learning to improve discrimination of closely related visual images.
Two people with sunglasses stand in front of bench with work out clothes and water bottles

Researchers discover brain pathway that helps to explain light’s effect on mood

julio 6, 2022

A new study from Brown University demonstrated that some regions of the cerebral cortex involved in cognitive processing and mood show sensitivity for light intensity.
Colorful artistic visualization of the retina.

Measuring Levels of Proteins in Eye Fluid May Accurately Predict Need for Lifelong Macular Degeneration Therapy

junio 29, 2022

Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers say they have found that levels of a specific protein appears to help accurately predict whether people with the wet form of age-related macular degeneration may need lifelong, frequent eye injections to preserve vision.
Multicolored image of photoreceptors and their long connecting processes, called axons, within a stem cell-derived retinal organoid

U. Wisconsin eye research uncovers how stem cell photoreceptors reach their targets

junio 15, 2022

A new study reveals how photoreceptors grown from stem cells might extend biological wires, known as axons, to contact existing neurons.
Woman crossing a stream in the woods

How the brain interprets motion while in motion

junio 13, 2022

New findings about how the brain interprets sensory information may have applications for treating brain disorders and designing artificial intelligence.
Drawing of brain inside a color wheel

Neuroscientists Find New Factors Behind Better Vision

junio 13, 2022

The size of our primary visual cortex and the amount of brain tissue we have dedicated to processing visual information can predict how well we can see, a new study shows.