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Ella

This little beauty is Ella. She was born without eyes, an inherited eye disorder known as anophthalmia.

Now, researchers at University of Michigan and UC Davis have found a genetic mutation that explains why some children are born without eyes or with small eyes (microphthalmia). To put it simply, the mutation blocks retinol, a form of vitamin A essential for normal eye development, from reaching the developing embryo while the mother is pregnant.

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students at NFB studying engineering

Is your child interested in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM)? Then you may want to sign up for the National Federation of the Blind's NFB EQ Program, a week-long engineering program for blind and low vision high school students taking place this summer (August 2-8, 2015).

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