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Vision Researchers Receive at Least $230M from ARRA/DOD Funding
NEI Awards 333 ARRA Grants. Click Here for More Information


NAEVR Announces Release of
The Silver Book®: Vision Loss
Volume II


NAEVR Supports World Glaucoma Week


NAEVR Participates in White House Conference on Aging

Serving as Friends of the National Eye Institute


Breaking News

NAEVR Releases Spring-Summer 2018 Contributor Report

AEVR Hosts Two Important Events Held September 27 in Conjunction with the Fourth Annual Emerging Vision Scientists Day on Capitol Hill

NAEVR Supports "Eye Bonds" Legislation to Advance Treatments for Blindness and Vision Impairment

House and Senate Appropriators Reject President Trump’s NIH Funding, Policy, and Management Proposals in FY2019 LHHS Spending Bills

NAEVR Commends Senate for $2 B FY2019 NIH Funding Increase, Greater-than-Inflation NEI Funding Increase

Senate Appropriations Committee Advances All Twelve FY2019 Spending Bills with Approval of Each the Defense and LHHS Bills—the Latter including a $2 B NIH Increase

NAEVR Commends House for FY2019 NIH Funding Increase but Expresses Concern about an NEI Increase That is Less Than Inflation

House LHHS Appropriations Subcommittee Approves FY2019 Spending Bill that Includes $1.25 Billion NIH Increase, Less-Than-Inflation Increase for NEI

Vision Communiity Refocuses on July as Dry Eye Awareness Month with Impact of Major Study to be Explained at Congressional Briefing

House and Senate Adopt FY2019 302(b) Allocations, Setting the Spending Limits For Each of the Twelve Appropriations Bills

NAEVR Submits FY2019 Testimony to Senate Appropriators Requesting At Least $39.3 B in NIH, $800 M in NEI Funding

In Senate Hearing, NIH Director Collins Recognizes Importance of Training the Next Generation of Scientists

NAEVR Submits FY2019 Testimony to House Appropriators Requesting At Least $39.3 B in NIH, $800 M in NEI Funding

In House Hearing, NIH Director Collins Details How the $ 3 Billion FY2018 NIH Increase Will Support Programs, Addresses Trump Administration FY2019 Proposed Budget

NAEVR Announces Advocacy and Educational Opportunities at the 2018 ARVO Annual Meeting

NAEVR Releases Winter-Spring 2018 Contributor Report

NAEVR Commends Congress for Passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 with Robust NIH and NEI Funding Increases

Vision Community on Hill as Congress Passes FY2018 Omnibus Spending Bill

NEI Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary with a Congressional Reception

House and Senate Pass FY2018 Omnibus Spending Bill That Increases NIH Funding by $3 B, NEI by $41 M

NAEVR Releases Requests to Congress for FY2019 NIH/NEI and DOD's Vision Research Program Funding

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The National Eye Institute (NEI) within the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is responsible for funding sight-saving and sight-restoring vision research. The annual cost for vision disorders/blindness in the United States is $145 billion. Direct medical costs associated with vision disorders are the fifth highest-only less than heart disease, cancers, emotional disorders, and pulmonary conditions. Adequately funding vision research is vital due to the following:
  • NEI’s FY2018 enacted budget of $772.3 million is only about 0.5 percent of the $145 billion annual cost of vision disorders. The U.S. spends only $2.30 per-person, per-year for vision research, while the cost of treating low vision and blindness is $6,680 per-person, per-year.

  • Vision loss can be a co-morbid condition of chronic diseases, such as diabetes, which is at epidemic levels due to the increased incidence of obesity.

  • In public opinion polls over the past fifty years, including a 2014 poll reflecting all four major racial/ethnic groups in the U.S., Americans have identified fear of vision loss as second only to fear of cancer-and for which they would trade remaining years of life to avoid.

 

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NAEVR in Action


 
NAEVR Participates in National Summit Honoring 50 Years of NEI Leadership


  Speakers Urge More Dry Eye Disease Research as Vision Community Recognizes Dry Eye Awareness Month 2018 with a Capitol Hill Briefing and Screening


 
Researchers Thank Congress for FY2018 NIH/NEI Funding Increases, Urge Sustained Increase for FY2019


  NAEVR Defense Funding Session Features New DOD Vision Program Manager, Insights into the FY2018 Program Announcement


 
DOD Funded Researcher Examines Whole Eye Transplantation


 
Vision Community on Hill as Congress Passes FY2018 Omnibus Spending Bill


 
NEI Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary with a Congressional Reception


 
AEVR Congressional Briefing Focuses on Customizing Glaucoma Treatments


 
ARVO Advocates Urge NIH/NEI Funding Increases within Hours of Congress Passing a Budget Deal

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