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Get the facts about clinical trials and studies

Clinical studies — research studies that involve people — can help researchers learn more about eye problems. One type of study, called a clinical trial, helps researchers try out new ways to find and treat eye diseases.

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Vision research involves many different fields — including biology, epidemiology, genetics, immunology, and more.

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Discover jobs, internships, and fellowships at NEI

Be a part of our research! NEI has career opportunities for vision researchers and internships, fellowships, and other training programs for students and professionals at our labs in Bethesda, MD.

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Want to learn more about NEI’s research? Interested in getting involved? Get in touch with NEI’s Division of Intramural Research.

Research News

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An artificial retina engineered from ancient protein heads to space

April 12, 2021

LambdaVision, the Farmington, Connecticut-based biotech firm that developed the artificial retina, is exploring optimizing production of an artificial retina in space, in a series of missions to the International Space Station.

University of Maryland School of Medicine study identifies new mechanism that may cause blindness in older adults

April 12, 2021

Using laboratory-grown roundworms as well as human and mouse eye tissue, researchers have identified a new potential mechanism for age-related macular degeneration—the leading cause of blindness among older adults.
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Computer model fosters potential improvements to ‘bionic eye’ technology

April 9, 2021

Researchers at Keck School of Medicine of USC develop signals that could bring color vision and improved clarity to prosthesis for the blind.
Last updated: July 19, 2019