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Sight is vital to our health and well-being.

In fact, people fear vision loss more than losing hearing, memory, speech or even a limb. Vision research is helping every day — producing exciting new insights about eye disease, developing innovations to restore sight, and driving clinical breakthroughs that are helping all of us see the future more clearly.

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DED can cause pain, blurriness, and inflammation, can even injure your cornea, and recent studies demonstrate that the damage doesn’t stop there. They reveal that individuals with DED find it harder to perform simple tasks such driving or getting dressed; experience significant pain that interferes with social relationships; and report increased anxiety, depression, and poor overall health. Experts estimate that more than 340 million adults globally and 34 million in the United States live with this condition.

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Lotfi Merabet, OD, PhD, MPH, is a clinician scientist and a member of the Vision Rehabilitation Service at Massachusetts Eye and Ear. His research focuses on diagnosis and rehabilitation approaches for children with cerebral visual impairment (CVI) and how the brain changes due to ocular or cerebral causes of blindness.

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Healthy Vision Month 2021: Eye on Health Equity

May is Healthy Vision Month! This month, the National Eye Institute (NEI) is focusing on increasing diversity in the field of eye health with Eye on Health Equity: “NEI is putting a spotlight on the importance of increasing diversity in the eye health field — and how that can help everyone have an equal chance for healthy vision.”
For stories, partners, and resources related to the initiative, please visit this page.

VISION RESEARCH IS AN INVESTMENT IN A BETTER FUTURE

As NIH Director Frances Collins put it, “Due to the architecture, accessibility, and the elegance of the eye, vision research has always been a few steps ahead in biomedical research.”

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