Age-related Macular Degeneration

Frequently Asked Questions

19. What research is being done?

The National Eye Institute scientists are

  • identifying key biochemical pathways involved in the disease and are exploring therapies that could interrupt these pathways.
  • exploring ways to regenerate tissues destroyed by AMD.
  • studying the possibility of transplanting healthy cells into a diseased retina and
  • evaluating families with a history of AMD to understand genetic and hereditary factors that may cause the disease.

The NEI Audacious Goals Initiative (AGI) is taking on one of the biggest challenges in medicine: the regeneration of nerve cells in the retina and brain.

This research should provide better ways to detect, treat, and prevent vision loss in people with AMD.