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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 Expresses Appreciation for the House LHHS Appropriations Subcommittee's Proposal to Increase FY2018 NIH Funding

House LHHS Appropriations Subcommittee Passes FY2018 Funding Bill, Including $1.1 Billion NIH Increase

Vision Community Recognizes July as Dry Eye Awareness Month with Release of Major Study of the Disease to be Featured in a Congressional Briefing

President Trump Announces Continuation of Dr. Collins as NIH Director

NAEVR to Senate Regarding FY2018 Appropriations: Fund NIH at $36.1 Billion, NEI at $800 Million

FY2018 Trump Budget Threatens the Health—and Eye Health— of All Americans; NAEVR Calls on Congress to Reject the Proposal and Advance Medical Research

President Issues Detailed 2018 Budget Proposal With NIH/NEI Cuts and Reduced Reimbursement for Indirect Costs in Grants

In House Hearing, NIH Director Collins Focuses on Patients and Researchers, Responds to Questions About the Trump Administration’s FY2018 Budget Proposal

Department of Defense’s Vision Research Program Releases Fiscal Year 2017 Program Announcement with $15 Million in Funding Available

President Signs FY2017 Appropriations Bill

NAEVR Statement on FY2017 Omnibus Appropriations Bill

NAEVR Releases Winter/Spring 2017 Contributor Report

NAEVR Supports the March for Science

NAEVR Announces Advocacy and Educational Opportunities at the 2017 ARVO Annual Meeting

DHHS Secretary Price Addresses NIH Funding and Structure Issues at House LHHS Hearing

NAEVR Supports FY2017 NIH Increase Despite Trump Administration Proposal to Cut Funding

President Issues FY2017 Budget Options to Reduce NonDefense Discretionary Spending, Including a $1.2 Billion NIH Cut

NAEVR Supports Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research Statement on President's FY2018 Budget Blueprint: Keeping "America First" Requires NIH Investment

President Issues FY2018 Budget Blueprint

VSOs/MSOs Send Letter to Congressional Appropriations Leaders Supporting FY2018 DOD VRP Funding Request

In Hearing with Researchers, Chairman Blunt Urges Pattern of NIH Funding Increases

NAEVR to House: Increase NIH by $2 Billion in Each FY2017 and 2018 to Maintain Sustained, Predictable Funding

NAEVR Releases FY2017 and 2018 Funding Requests for NIH/NEI and DOD's Vision Research Program

FY2018 VSO/MSO Independent Budget Recommends VRP Funding at $15 Million

AEVR Announces March 2017 Congressional Briefings on Glaucoma and Defense-Related Vision Research

Senate Passes FY2017 Budget Resolution that Begins Process of Repealing Affordable Care Act

NAEVR Co-Authors Article about Advocacy for Battlefield Eye and Vision Trauma Research

NAEVR to Trump Transition Team: Vision Health Critical to Campaign Themes of Productivity, Independence and Quality of Life

President Signs FY2017 Continuing Resolution, Which Funds Government Programs at the FY2016 Level Through April 2017

House Passes 21st Century Cures Act; NAEVR Supports Latest Version of Legislation That Reauthorizes NIH, Creates a New Innovation Fund

NIH Announces Third Round of BRAIN Initiative Funding, Nearly Doubling Its Investment

NAEVR Releases Fall 2016 Contributor Report

As Congress Passes Short-Term Continuing Resolution, NAEVR Urges it to Return After the Election to Finalize FY2017 Appropriations with a $2 Billion NIH Increase

NAEVR Commends National Academies' Report That Recommends Public Health Strategies to Promote and Protect the Vision Health of All Americans

NAEVR Urges Congress to Pass a Short-Term Continuing Resolution and Return After the Election to Finalize FY2017 Appropriations with $2 Billion NIH Increase

JAMA Ophthalmology Publishes Results of AEVR's 2014 Survey on the Public's Attitudes About Vision Loss

NAEVR Releases Spring/Summer 2016 Contributor Report

NAEVR Recognizes House Efforts to Grow Biomedical Research Funding at NIH for Second Year

House Appropriations Committee Approves FY2017 LHHS Appropriations Bill with $1.25 Billion NIH Increase, $27.6 Million NEI Increase

AEVR Announces the Second Annual Emerging Vision Scientists Day on Capitol Hill

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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 FY2016 funding of $708 million is still less than 0.5 percent of the $145 billion annual cost of vision disorders. The U.S. is only spending $2.20 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 Acknowledges VRP’s Robert Read, Who Identifies FY2017 Funding Opportunities


Researchers Thank Congress for FY2017 Funding Increases, Express Concern About FY2018

  As Congress Negotiates FY2017 Omnibus Spending Bill, Private Funding Foundations Advocate for NIH/NEI Funding and Educate about their Role in Vision Research

NAEVR Attends 6th Military Vision Symposium on Ocular & Vision Injury

Iowa Researcher Seeks to Improve Corneal Transplantation Outcomes

AEVR Congressional Briefing Focuses on Translating Glaucoma Therapy from Bench to Bedside

ARVO Advocates Urge $2 B NIH Funding Increases in FY2017 and 2018 Citing the Dramatic Return on Past NIH/NEI Investment in OCT


NAEVR Releases FY2017 and 2018 Funding Requests for NIH/NEI and DOD's Vision Research Program


FY2018 VSO/MSO Independent Budget Recommends VRP Funding at $15 Million

World Sight Day Congressional Briefing Focuses on NASEM Report

  NAEVR and ARVO Participate in the Fourth Annual Rally for Medical Research Advocacy Day As NAEVR Hosts Clinician-Scientist Researching Retinal Regeneration

  Emerging Vision Scientists Educate and Advocate on Capitol Hill About Their Research to Reduce the Burden of Eye Disease

  International Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Week Congressional Briefing: Sustained NIH Funding Has Resulted in Successful AMD Diagnostics and Therapies

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Watch/Read about AEVR's September 14-15, 2016 Emerging Vision Scientists Events on Capitol Hill

NAEVR’s Emerging Vision Scientists Capitol Hill Advocacy Day

Click here to watch a video of the EVS Capitol Hill Reception
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