When we move our head, the whole visual world moves across our eyes. Yet we can still make out a bee buzzing by or a hawk flying overhead, thanks to unique cells in the eye called object motion sensors.
While some research suggests that a diet high in omega-3 fatty acids can protect brain health, a large clinical trial by researchers at the National Institutes of Health found that omega-3 supplements did not slow cognitive decline in older persons.
The inflammatory eye disorder autoimmune uveitis occurs when a person’s immune system goes awry, attacking proteins in the eye. What spurs this response is a mystery, but now a study on mice suggests that bacteria in the gut may provide a kind of training ground for immune cells to attack the eye.
News from NEI Grantees
- Inhibition of Alternative Complement Pathway Preserves Photoreceptor Cells Following Retinal Injury July 22, 2015
- Eye’s motion detection sensors identified June 16, 2015
- A World Without Color – Researchers Find Gene Mutation That Strips Color, Reduces Vision June 1, 2015
- Mind Over Matter May 21, 2015
- Plugging In Your Vision’s Autostabilization Feature May 7, 2015
- Patients with AIDS at Increased Risk of Developing Age-Related Macular Degeneration May 4, 2015
- Rare Mutation Causes Vitamin A Deficiency and Eye Deformities April 23, 2015
- 3D structure solved for vulnerable region of glaucoma-causing protein April 21, 2015
- Stem Cell Injection May Soon Reverse Vision Loss Caused By Age-Related Macular Degeneration April 15, 2015
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Budget and Congress
The NEI budget is approximately $675 million (FY2014). The NEI budget requests are submitted to Congress with other NIH institutes as part of the President’s budget request in February. See our Congressional Justifications.