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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 1, 2004
CONTACT: James F. Jorkasky
Executive Director
240-221-2905
jamesj@eyeresearch.org

AEVR Announces May 13 Capitol Hill Briefing on "The Aging Eye" During Healthy Vision Month/Older Americans Month

(Washington, DC) Today, the Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (AEVR) announced it is sponsoring a Capitol Hill Briefing entitled "The Aging Eye" on Thursday, May 13, 2004, from 12 Noon -1:15 pm in Rayburn House Office Building Room B-354. Featured speakers include:

  • Paul Kaufman, M.D., Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and Director of Glaucoma Services at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Medical School. Dr. Kaufman, a noted researcher and Executive Vice President of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), will describe the physiological changes that occur as the eye ages and the various types of age-related eye diseases.

  • Janine Smith, M.D., Deputy Clinical Director of the National Eye Institute (NEI). Dr. Smith monitors clinical trials conducted by the NEI and conducts research, focusing on outcomes measures for ocular surface disease. She will address the implications of an aging population on the prevalence of age-related eye disease and report on the impact of NEI-sponsored research to treat and prevent it.

"More than 119 million Americans age 40+ are at risk of developing age-related eye disease such as Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD), diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, and cataracts," said AEVR Executive Director James Jorkasky in announcing this event, "and this contributes significantly to the $68 billion annual cost of eye and vision impairment in the United States. The briefing will educate attendees about these conditions and the role of federally funded research in finding treatments and therapies."

Click here to view highlights from AEVR's September 2003 Capitol Hill Briefing on "LASIK and Corneal Healing."

The Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (AEVR) is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating Congress and the public about the importance of federal funding for eye and vision research. AEVR is the first organization of its kind to bring together stakeholders in the research community-including ophthalmic and optometric professionals, consumer advocates, and manufacturers-to speak with a unified voice about the economic and societal value of eye and vision research. Visit AEVR's Web site at www.eyeresearch.org.