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Use It or Lose It: Visual Activity Regenerates Neural Connections Between Eye and Brain

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A study in mice funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) shows for the first time that high-contrast visual stimulation can help damaged retinal neurons regrow optic nerve fibers, otherwise known as retinal ganglion cell axons. In...
7-Jul-2016 11:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

NIH Vision Scientists Test Theory of How Rods in Our Retina Originated

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A new study led by researchers the National Eye Institute suggests how the genesis of rod photoreceptors may have occurred to give rise to nocturnal mammals.
20-Jun-2016 11:00 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Eye Study Underscores the Long-Lasting Benefits of Controlling Diabetes

People with type 2 diabetes who intensively controlled their blood sugar level during the landmark ACCORD Trial Eye Study were found to have cut their risk of diabetic retinopathy in half in a follow-up analysis conducted four years after stopping...
9-Jun-2016 6:30 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Visual Impairment, Blindness Cases in U.S. Expected to Double by 2050

The number of people with visual impairment or blindness in the United States is expected to double to more than 8 million by 2050, according to projections based on the most recent census data and from studies funded by the National Eye Institute,...
18-May-2016 1:00 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Age-Related Macular Degeneration Before and After the Era of Anti-VEGF Drugs

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In a study of nearly 650 people with the eye disease age-related macular degeneration (AMD), half still had vision 20/40 or better, typically good enough to drive or to read standard print, after five years of treatment with anti-VEGF drugs that are...
29-Apr-2016 8:00 PM EDT Add to Favorites

May Is Healthy Vision Month Which Is Not Just About Seeing an Eye Chart

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Feature story with patient perspective emphasizes the importance of having a comprehensive dilated eye exam, which is the best way to find out for sure if eyes are healthy.
27-Apr-2016 12:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Fish and Insects Guide Design for Future Contact Lenses

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Making the most of the low light in the muddy rivers where it swims, the elephant nose fish survives by being able to spot predators amongst the muck with a uniquely shaped retina, the part of the eye that captures light. In a new study, researchers...
10-Mar-2016 5:00 PM EST Add to Favorites

NEI Employment Program for People with Intellectual Disabilities Celebrates 10 Years

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Andrew Butler may be one of the hardest working people at the National Institutes of Health. Not even Winter Storm Jonas could keep him away. After the blizzard struck the East Coast in late January, the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland was buried...
11-Mar-2016 10:00 AM EST Add to Favorites

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NEI Highlights Cell and Gene Therapies, Novel Imaging Technologies at Vision Research Meeting

The National Eye Institute (NEI), part of NIH, is participating in the Inaugural Press Conference from the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology Annual Meeting (ARVO 2016).
29-Apr-2016 10:05 AM EDT

Hopkins Vision Researcher Links Environmental Change to Eye Health Hazards

Another reason to worry about climate change: Expanding areas of arid land, air pollution, and greater exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation all present potential health hazards to your eyes, according to Sheila West, Ph.D., vice chair for research...
8-Dec-2015 3:30 PM EST

Dr. Emily Chew of #NIH Is Available to Talk About Macular Degeneration

21-Apr-2015 11:05 AM EDT

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