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JAMA publishes paper on Americans attitudes about eye health
JAMA Ophthalmology has published a new paper, Public Attitudes About Eye and Vision Health, which shows that Americans fear going blind over losing any other of their senses, and that this fear is on par with developing HIV/AIDS, cancer and Alzheimer’s. The peer-reviewed paper, published online last week, reflects the results from a survey released in September 2014 — organized by the Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (AEVR) in conjunction with Research!America and supported by Research to Prevent Blindness.

Eggers earns NSF CAREER Award for retina research
EggersErika Eggers, PhD, of the University of Arizona (UA), was recently awarded a 2016 National Science Foundation CAREER Award, Division of Integrative Organismal Systems grant for her study, The Role of Inhibition in light adaptation of the OFF Retinal Pathway. This five-year award, totaling $900,000.00, will assist Eggers in her research to determine what changes are occurring in the retina to allow adaptation to increasing light levels and how the release of the chemical dopamine is changing visual signaling.