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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 BookŪ: 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

NEI Releases FY2020 Congressional Justification

NAEVR Supports Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research Statement on President's FY2020 Budget: "We Must Maintain the Forward Momentum That Congress has Driven Over the Past Four Years"

President Issues FY2020 Budget with Drastic Cuts to Non-Defense Discretionary Spending

Congress Finalizes, and President Signs, Fiscal Year 2019 Appropriations

NAEVR Releases Congressional Requests for FY2020 Funding for NIH/NEI, DOD Vision Research Program

Military Medicine Publishes AEVR's Updated Military Eye Injury Study That Estimates $41.47 Billion Cost

AEVR Annoucnes World Glaucoma Week 2019 Congressional Briefing

FY2020 VSO/MSO Independent Budget Recommends VRP Funding at $20 Million

Congress Passes Two-Week Funding Bill, Delaying Government Shutdown

NAEVR Releases Fall 2018 Contributor Report

President Signs FY2019 Defense/LHHS Minibus Bill with A Nearly $30 M Increase in Vision Research Fundin

NAEVR Commends Senate for Passage of FY2019 Defense/LHHS Conference Agreement with a Nearly $30 M Increase in Vision Research Funding

Senate Passes FY2019 Defense/LHHS Minibus Bill with A Nearly $30 M Increase in Vision Research Funding

NAEVR Commends Senate for Passage of Defense/LHHS Minibus with $2 B NIH, NEI Increases

Senate Passes FY2019 Defense/LHHS Minibus Bill with $25 M Increase for Vision

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

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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


 
ARVO President Dr. Steven Fliesler Advocates for Military Eye Trauma Research Funding


  ARVO Advocates Among First to Request FY2020 NIH/NEI Funding Increases and Meet with Key Senate Appropriations Staff Directors


 
NAEVR Recognizes Cong. Pete Sessions for his Service in Congress and Leadership for Preserving and Restoring Vision


 
AEVR Supports 2018 World Sight Day Congressional Briefing Focusing on Cost-Effective Treatments


 
Emerging Vision Scientists Among First to Thank Congress for Final FY2019 NIH/NEI Appropriations


  International Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Awareness Week Congressional Briefing: Understanding the “Dry” Form of AMD to Develop Effective Treatments


 
AEVR Authors Foreword on Fifty Years of NEI Accomplishments For USA Today “Vision and Hearing” Supplement


 
NAEVR and ARVO Participate in the Sixth Annual Rally for Medical Research Advocacy Day


 
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

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