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Health Agencies Update
August 22/29, 2017

Even the Eye Has a Microbiome

JAMA. 2017;318(8):689. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.10599

A study conducted at the National Eye Institute (NEI) suggests that the eye, like so many other parts of the body, possesses its own microbiome that protects against ophthalmic infections.

“We’ve established the proof of concept of a central ocular microbiome,” Anthony St. Leger, PhD, research fellow in NEI’s Laboratory of Immunology, said in a statement. Citing abundant evidence that “good” gut bacteria have a key role in modulating immunity, he said, “Now we show that this relationship exists in the eye. That’s important for how we think about treating ocular disease.”