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Visual Cortex Plays Role in Plasticity of Eye Movement Reflex


The visual cortex – a region of the brain known to process sensory information – plays a key role in promoting the plasticity of innate, spontaneous eye movements, according to a study funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI), part of the...
11-Oct-2016 5:00 PM EDT Add to Favorites

U.S.-India Joint Effort Targets Genes and Traits to Improve Glaucoma Screening, Prevention, and Treatment

Researchers from the U.S. and India have begun a new collaborative project to identify genetic risk factors and traits related to glaucoma, a leading cause of blindness worldwide. Funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI), part of the National...
29-Sep-2016 2:30 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Six Teams Seek to Identify Biological Factors That Influence Neural Regeneration


The National Institutes of Health will fund six projects to identify biological factors that affect neural regeneration in the retina. The projects are part of the National Eye Institute (NEI) Audacious Goals Initiative (AGI), a targeted effort to...
1-Sep-2016 12:00 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Drugs Already on Market Prevent Light-Induced Retinal Degeneration in Mice


Combinations of Food and Drug Administration-approved drugs protect against the loss of cells required for vision in a mouse model of the damage caused by blinding retinal diseases.
3-Aug-2016 2:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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


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


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

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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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