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NIH Scientists Combine Technologies to View the Retina in Unprecedented Detail

By combining two imaging modalities—adaptive optics and angiography—investigators at the National Eye Institute (NEI) can see live neurons, epithelial cells, and blood vessels deep in the eye’s light-sensing retina. Resolving these tissues and...
14-Nov-2018 4:30 PM EST Add to Favorites


NIH-funded study proposes blurry vision in babies may guide brain development

Shortly after birth when the world is a blur, babies may be learning to identify patterns. According to a new study funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI), the initial phase of blurry vision may be fundamental to the development of normal visual...
5-Nov-2018 1:05 PM EST Add to Favorites


NEI Investigator Hikosaka Awarded Gruber Prize in Neuroscience

Dr. Okihide Hikosaka, senior investigator at the National Eye Institute (NEI) Laboratory of Sensorimotor Research, is a recipient of the 2018 Gruber Prize in Neuroscience.
1-Nov-2018 1:00 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Therapy Applied Directly Inside the Eye Best for Treating Uveitic Macular Edema

Delivery of corticosteroids directly into the eye is more effective than injections adjacent to the eye, according to results from a comparative clinical trial of macular edema in patients with noninfectious uveitis.
25-Sep-2018 1:00 PM EDT Add to Favorites


Study suggests maintaining good vision may stave off cognitive decline

During aging, loss of vision and cognition often coincide. In a new study, researchers funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI) and National Institute on Aging (NIA) have found that vision loss precedes loss of mental capacity. The findings...
24-Sep-2018 1:00 PM EDT Add to Favorites


Researchers Find Potential New Gene Therapy for Blinding Disease

Scientists funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI) report a novel gene therapy that halts vision loss in a canine model of a blinding condition called autosomal dominant retinitis pigmentosa (adRP). The strategy could one day be used to slow or...
20-Aug-2018 5:00 PM EDT Add to Favorites


NEI funded researchers identify 133 genetic variants that predict glaucoma risk

Researchers funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI) have identified 133 genetic variants that predict with 75-percent accuracy a person’s risk for developing glaucoma related to elevated pressure within the eye. Future genetic tests could...
31-May-2018 10:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites


NIH Researchers Develop 'Hibernation in a Dish' to Study How Animals Adapt to the Cold

Researchers at the National Eye Institute have discovered cellular mechanisms that help the 13-lined ground squirrel survive hibernation. Their findings could be a step toward extending storage of human donor tissues awaiting transplantation and...
4-May-2018 11:05 AM 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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As part of the federal government's National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Eye Institute's mission is to conduct and support research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs with respect to blinding eye diseases, visual disorders, mechanisms of visual function, preservation of sight, and the special health problems and requirements of the blind.


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