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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

Vision “Does Well” in First Round of BRAIN 2025 Awards

As CR Passes, NAEVR Urges Congress to Finalize FY2015 Appropriations in the Lame Duck Session Which Adequately Fund Medical Research

Senate Passes Short-Term FY2015 Continuing Resolution Clearing Measure for White House Approval

Vision Community Announces Fall 2014 Congressional Briefings

AEVR Announces September 18 Events: Release of a New National Public Opinion Poll of Vision and Congressional Briefing on Aging Eye Disease

NAEVR Endoreses the Accelerate Biomedical Research Act Introduced Today by Senator Tom Harkin

Senate Harkin Introduces Bill to Increase NIH Funding

Senate Releases Report Language Regarding Its FY2015 LHHS Spending Bill

NAEVR Releases Spring/Summer 2014 Contributor Report

House Approves Fiscal Year 2015 Department of Defense Appropriations Bill with $10 M for Vision Trauma Research Program

At the Focus on Eye Health National Summit, Prevent Blindness Releases Study Projecting Year 2050 Annual Eye Disorder Costs $377 B, With Half Borne by Federal Government

BRAIN Initiative Working Group Presents Final Report, Cites Retinal Research as “Flagship” and Vision Prosthetics as Instructive to Clinical Research

NEI Director Dr. Sieving Updates the Audacious Goals Initiative (AGI)

NAEVR Commends Senate Increase for NIH and NEI, Cautions that NEI Funding Has Not Been Fully Restored From Sequester Cuts

Senate LHHS Subcommittee Proposes FY2015 NIH, NEI Increases

House Appropriations Committee Approves $10 Million for Vision Trauma Research Program

NAEVR and AEVR Boards Elect Five New Directors

Senate Appropriations Committee Releases FY2015 Subcommittee Allocations

House Appropriations Committee Releases FY2015 Subcommittee Allocations; Senate Yet to Take
Similar Action

House Members Announce “21st Century Cures Initiative” that Seeks to Accelerate Pace of Medical Breakthroughs

Chairwoman Mikulski Has “Ophthalmology on Her Mind” at Senate Appropriations Committee Hearing on the Federal Investment in Innovation

NAEVR Endorses Senate and House Bills to Ensure Sustained Funding for Biomedical Research

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

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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 $145 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


 
AEVR International AMD Awareness Week 2014 Congressional Briefing: Early Detection Can Lead to Better Outcomes


 

AEVR Releases Attitudinal Survey, Vision and Blindness Fact Sheet


 
NAEVR and ARVO Represented by Young Investigators at the Rally for Medical Research Advocacy Day 2014


  At the Focus on Eye Health National Summit, Prevent Blindness Releases Study Projecting Year 2050 Annual Eye Disorder Costs $377 B, With Half Borne by Federal Government
Vision Research Funding is the Talk of NAEVR Central

 



Vision Research Funding is the Talk of NAEVR Central
An SRO Crowd Hears About Defense Vision Research Funding

 
An SRO Crowd Hears About Defense Vision Research Funding
NAEVR And AEVR Boards Elect Five New Directors

 

NAEVR And AEVR Boards Elect Five New Directors
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"

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