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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

NAEVR at the ARVO 2014 Annual Meeting

Breaking News

NAEVR to Senate: As NEI Funding Has Decreased, the Incidence and Cost of Eye Disorders Have Increased

House Approves Republican Budget

NAEVR Releases Winter/Spring 2014 Contributor Report

NIH Director Dr. Collins to Senate: “NIH Needs a Stable Trajectory of Inflationary Increases and Growth”

NAEVR to House: As NEI Funding Has Decreased, the Incidence and Cost of Eye Disorders Have Increased

VSOs/MSOs Support Increased Funding for Vision Trauma Research in Letter to Congress

NIH Director Dr. Collins to House: “No Part of NIH Has Been Untouched by Budget Cuts”

House LHHS Subcommittee Members Express Concern about NIH Funding in the President’s Proposed FY2015 Budget At Hearing with DHHS Secretary Sebelius

NAEVR on President Obama's Proposed FY2015 Budget: NEI Funding is Not Adequate to Face Vision Challenges

President Issues FY2015 Budget Request with Modest NIH and NEI Increase

NAEVR Releases FY2015 Funding Requests to Congress: $32 Billion for NIH and $730 Million for NEI, $10 Million for Peer Reviewed Vision Trauma Research

VSOs/MSOs Support Funding for Vision Trauma Research in the FY2015 Independent Budget

NAEVR On State of the Union Address: Administration and Congress Must Restore Sequester Cuts to NIH/NEI and Grow the Research Budget

Congress Passes Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014 That Partially Restores NIH/NEI Sequester Cuts

Congress Passes Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014 That Funds Vision Trauma Research at $10 M

AEVR Announces Three Congressional Events to be Held in First-Quarter 2014

House, Senate Pass Bipartisan Budget Agreement

Congressional Super Budget Committee Continues to Work on FY2014 Appropriations

NonDefense Discretionary United Coalition Releases Report on Impact of Sequester Cuts; NAEVR and ARVO Urge Congress to Replace Sequester in FY2014 Appropriations

DOD's Vision Trauma Research Program Issues Program Announcement for $14.5 Million in Awards

Federal Government Shutdown Ends

NAEVR Joins With Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research Colleagues in Urging Congress To End the Government Shutdown

Vision Restoring Corneal Transplants Performed in 2013 Have a Lifetime Net Benefit of Nearly $6 Billion

AEVR RELEASES 20th ANNIVERSARY BROCHURE ENTITLED THE VALUE OF FEDERALLY FUNDED VISION RESEARCH

Federal Government Shuts Down Due to Budget Impasse

Senate Passes Short-Term Spending Bill; Legislation Goes Back to House Where Next Step Uncertain

House Passes Short-Term Spending Bill; Senate Passage Unlikely Due to Language that Defunds the Affordable Care Act

BRAIN Initiative Research Priorities in FY2014: Advisory Committee to the NIH Director Releases Interim Report

NAEVR/AEVR Rallies for Medical Research on Capitol Hill

AEVR Announces 20th Anniversary Congressional Reception on October 9, 2013, in Rayburn Foyer

The Vision Community Announces Four Congressional Events on Major Topics in Eye Disease Research and Prevention During Fall 2013

AEVR International AMD Week Congressional Briefing Features One of Thomson Reuters Sciencewatch's "Hottest Researchers"

NAEVR Releases Spring/Summer 2013 Contributor Report

NAEVR Commends Senate Increase FOR NIH, NEI

Senate Appropriations Committee Approves FY2014 LHHS Appropriations Bill With an NIH Increase

NAEVR to Congressional Appropriators: $139 Billion Cost for Eye and Vision Disorders Requires Necessary Funding for NEI

NAEVR Commends Senate Spending Allocations, Notes Importance of NEI Funding as a Result of a New $139 Billion Estimate of the Annual Cost of Vision Disorders

Senate Appropriations Subcommittee Approves FY2014 Allocations

PBA Study Estimates $139 Billion Annual Cost for Eye and Vision Disorders

NAEVR's Maryland Members Urge Sen. Mikulski to Improve on NEI Funding Proposed in the President's FY2014 Budget

NIH Asks the SMRB To Examine its Review and Award Process

NIH Releases Fact Sheet on the Impact of Sequestration

OMB Issues FY2015 Budget Guidance

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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 $139 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 FY2014 funding of $682 million, which reflects about half of the FY2013 sequester cut being restored, is still less than 0.5 percent of the $139 billion annual cost of vision disorders. The U.S. is only spending $2.10 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, 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
DOD-Funded Researcher Develops Novel Patch for Ocular Trauma

 
DOD-Funded Researcher Develops Novel Patch for Ocular Trauma
World Glaucoma Week 2014 Briefing Focuses on Genetic Basis of Glaucoma

 
AEVR’s World Glaucoma Week 2014 Briefing Focuses on Genetic
Basis of Glaucoma
AEVR Celebrates its Message about the Value of Vision Research on Capitol Hill

 
AEVR Celebrates its Message about the Value
of Vision Research on Capitol Hill


 


VSOs/MSOs Support Funding for Vision Trauma Research in the FY2015 Independent Budget


  NAEVR Thanks Congress for Partial Restoration of Sequester Cuts, Urges Adequate NEI Funding to Address Challenges of the "Decade of Vision"


  AEVR International AMD Awareness Week Congressional Briefing: Young Researcher Uses “Big Data” to Determine Genetic Basis of AMD


 
NAEVR to Congressional Appropriators: $139 Billion Cost for Eye and Vision Disorders Requires Necessary Funding for NEI
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Informs  
Congressional Appropriator David Joyce about Research Benefits

 
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Informs Congressional Appropriator David Joyce about Research Benefits
Funding is the Talk of NAEVR Central at ARVO 2013

 




Funding is the Talk of NAEVR Central at ARVO 2013
The <em>Seattle Times</em> Prints Story about ARVO’s <em>Veterans Vision and TBI</em> Session, attended by Blinded Veterans and Congressional Staff

  The Seattle Times Prints Story about ARVO’s Veterans Vision and TBI Session, attended by Blinded Veterans and Congressional Staff


 
NAEVR Rallies for Medical Research Funding: “More Progress, More Hope, More Life”


 
DOD-Funded Researcher Studies the Impact of Primary Blast Injuries on the Eye


 
NAEVR Testifies at House Public Witness Hearing Requesting FY2014 Funding for NIH of $32 Billion, NEI of $730 Million


 
AEVR’s World Glaucoma Week 2013 Briefing Features Real-Time OCT Imaging


 

NAEVR Joins Vision Community in Developing Audacious Goals to Preserve and Restore Vision

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