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Research at NEI

NEI is a leader in vision research. In addition to the work we do in our own facilities, we support outside research that advances the prevention and treatment of eye diseases and vision problems.

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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.

Research Laboratory

Explore our research labs

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.

Questions?

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

Research News

Life after death for the human eye

May 11, 2022

Scientists have revived light-sensing neuron cells in organ donor eyes and restored communication between them as part of a series of discoveries that stand to transform brain and vision research.
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Retinal cell map could advance precise therapies for blinding diseases

May 6, 2022

Researchers have identified distinct differences among the cells comprising a tissue in the retina that is vital to human visual perception. The scientists from the National Eye Institute (NEI) discovered five subpopulations of retinal pigment epithelium.
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Retinal cell map could advance precise therapies for blinding diseases

May 6, 2022

Researchers have identified distinct differences among the cells comprising a tissue in the retina that is vital to human visual perception. The scientists from the National Eye Institute (NEI) discovered five subpopulations of retinal pigment epithelium.

Last updated: July 19, 2019