Much like the automatic focus of a camera, our eyes and brains must constantly recalibrate so that we can get a clear view of the changing—and always moving—world around us.
Two researchers funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI), both pioneers in the study of low vision, received the Helen Keller Prize for Vision Research on May 5, in Denver. The Helen Keller Foundation for Research and Education, and BrightFocus Foundation, presented the award to Gordon E.
Gene therapy for Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA), an inherited disorder that causes vision loss starting in childhood, improved patients’ eyesight and the sensitivity of the retina within weeks of treatment.
News from NEI Grantees
- Plugging In Your Vision’s Autostabilization Feature May 7, 2015
- Patients with AIDS at Increased Risk of Developing Age-Related Macular Degeneration May 4, 2015
- Rare Mutation Causes Vitamin A Deficiency and Eye Deformities April 23, 2015
- 3D structure solved for vulnerable region of glaucoma-causing protein April 21, 2015
- Stem Cell Injection May Soon Reverse Vision Loss Caused By Age-Related Macular Degeneration April 15, 2015
- One test can predict which kids will become nearsighted April 2, 2015
- LSU Health New Orleans Makes Discovery Key to Preventing Blindness and Stroke Devastation Posted on March 9, 2015
- Results challenge conventional wisdom about where the brain begins processing visual information Posted on March 2, 2015
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Budget and Congress
The NEI budget is approximately $675 million (FY2014). The NEI budget requests are submitted to Congress with other NIH institutes as part of the President’s budget request in February. See our Congressional Justifications.