NEI News

A microglial cell (green) extends spider-like arms to capture and consume rod photoreceptor cells (blue). Credit: Dr. Wai Wong, NEI.

Spider-like cells inside the brain, spinal cord and eye hunt for invaders, capturing and then devouring them. These cells, called microglia, often play a beneficial role by helping to clear trash and protect the central nervous system against infection.

Posted on Jul 2, 2015
still from DR eye exam animation

Researchers funded in part by the National Eye Institute (NEI) have identified a protein involved in an advanced stage of diabetic retinopathy, a diabetic eye disease that threatens vision.

Posted on Jun 18, 2015
  • The NEI Audacious Goals Initiative

    Learn about the retina and optic nerve, and NEI’s goal to repair them in blinding diseases by watching our new animation.

  • Regenerating the Optic Nerve

    NEI Audacious Goals Initiative report summarizing input from the November 2014 workshop.

  • June is Cataract Awareness Month

    A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye that affects vision. Most cataracts are related to aging, but smoking and diabetes are also risk factors.

  • New NEHEP Spanish Glaucoma Toolkit Available!

    Health professionals and community educators can help raise awareness about glaucoma in Spanish-speaking communities.

  • June is Men’s Health Month!

    Men: Protect your vision by getting a dilated eye exam. It’s the only way to be sure your eyes are healthy.