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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

AEVR Announces March 2016 Congressional Briefings on Glaucoma and Defense-Related Vision Research

President Signs FY2016 Omnibus Appropriations Legislation

NAEVR Commends Congress for Increased NIH/NEI Funding Levels in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016

Congress Introduces the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016, to Finalize FY2016 Funding that Includes Significant NIH and NEI Funding Increases, DOD/Vision Research Program Funding

Congress Passes Second Short-Term Continuing Resolution Through December 22; Work on Full Year Omnibus Continues

NAEVR Releases Fall 2015 Contributor Report

Senate Passes Budget Bill; Legislation Heads to the White House

House Passes Two-Year Budget Deal, Senate To Take Action

NAEVR Urges Congress to Support The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015

Department of Defense Vision Research Program Releases FY2015 Program Announcements for Two Funding Mechanisms

Senate Hearing Focuses on Research Opportunities, Plight of Young Investigators

NIH Announces Second Round of BRAIN Initiative Funding, with To-Date Total at $85 Million

President Signs Short-Term Continuing Resolution; Government Funded Through December 11

Cong. Van Hollen Warns of Shutdown Impact on NIH

NAEVR and ARVO Represented by Emerging Scientists at the Rally for Medical Research Advocacy Day 2015

AEVR Announces Fall 2015 Capitol Hill Events: Congressional Briefings and Evening Reception to Maintain The Momentum for Vision Research Funding

NAEVR Releases Spring/Summer 2015 Contributor Report

NAEVR Commends House For Passing 21st Century Cures Legislation with New Innovation Fund

House of Representatives Approves 21st Century Cures Legislation

NAEVR Commends House and Senate for Making NIH Funding a Priority, Urges Congress to Make It A Reality

House Appropriations Committee Approves FY2016 LHHS Funding Bill with $1.1 Billion NIH Increase

Senate Appropriations Committee Approves FY2016 LHHS Funding Bill with $2 Billion NIH Increase

Researchers Urge NIH/NEI Funding Increases as House and Senate Mark Up FY2016 NIH Funding Bills

Senate Appropriations Committee Approves 302(b) Subcommittee Allocations

NAEVR Commends House 21st Century Cures Legislation's Authorizing Levels for NIH, New Innovation Fund

House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee Marks Up 21st Century Cures Legislation; Bill Authorizing NIH Funding Increases Goes to Full Committee

NAEVR Joins Fellow Sponsors in Identifying Priorities for the IOM Study Board

Senate Launches NIH Caucus, Vision Research Cited

AEVR Announces Congressional Briefing—Inflammatory Eye Disease: Focus on Uveitis

NEI Premieres Audacious Goals Video at ARVO Annual Meeting

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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


 
NAEVR Urges Congress to Support the Bipartisan Budget


  Emerging Vision Scientists Educate, Advocate on Capitol Hill About Their Research to Reduce the Burden of Eye Disease
World Sight Day 2015 Congressional Briefing Addresses Burden of Uncorrected Refractive Errors

  World Sight Day 2015 Congressional Briefing Addresses Burden of Uncorrected Refractive Errors


  International Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Week Congressional Briefing: NEI Researchers Discuss Therapies for this Leading Cause of Blindness


 
NAEVR and ARVO Represented by Emerging Scientists at the Rally for Medical Research Advocacy Day 2015


 
NAEVR Participates in Project Gemini Exchange Program


 
AEVR Holds First-Ever Congressional Briefing on Uveitis


 
NAEVR Joins Fellow Sponsors in Identifying Priorities for the IOM Study Board


 
TBI Session at 2015 ARVO Annual Meeting Features Researchers and Veterans


 
NAEVR’s Defense Funding Session at the ARVO Annual Meeting


 


NAEVR Central at ARVO 2015 the Busiest Ever


 
ARVO, NAEVR Witness Testifies Regarding NIH/NEI Funding


 
Private Funding Foundations Advocate for Increased NEI Funding


 
Usher Syndrome Coalition Educates Congress


 
DOD-Funded Researcher Studies TBI-Related Photophobia


 
World Glaucoma Week 2015: Controlling IOP in At-Risk Populations

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