Researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health have developed a novel mouse model for the vision disorder Leber hereditary optic neuropathy (LHON), and found that they can use gene therapy to improve visual function in the mice.
People with a genetic predisposition for age-related macular degeneration (AMD) significantly increased their odds of developing the blinding eye disorder if they had a history of heavy smoking and consistently did not exercise or eat enough fruits and vegetables, according to an observational study of women funded
Following the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa that took the lives of more than 11,200 people in the region, the National Eye Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health, has deployed a team of clinicians and technical experts to Monrovia, Liberia to investigate the effects of Ebola on the eye.
News from NEI Grantees
- How the Retina Marches to the Beat of Its Own Drum September 29, 2015
- Identified Genetic Interaction Offers Possible New Target for Glaucoma Therapy September 10, 2015
- New clues found to vision loss in macular degeneration August 11, 2015
- 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
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