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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 28, 2008
CONTACT: James F. Jorkasky
Executive Director
240-221-2905
jamesj@eyeresearch.org

NAEVR JOINS THE VISION COMMUNITY IN REQUESTING VISION OBJECTIVES IN HEALTHY PEOPLE 2020

(Washington, D.C.) At a May 28 Stakeholders Meeting held in Bethesda, Maryland, to solicit input on the objectives within Healthy People 2020, National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (NAEVR) Executive Director James Jorkasky presented a statement of support for the inclusion of vision, generally, and senior vision, specifically. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Healthy People identifies the most preventable threats to health, and establishes national goals to reduce those threats. For the first time, Healthy People 2010 included vision objectives, and several vision community representatives attended the National-Capital area meeting to urge visionís continued inclusion in Healthy People 2020. In addition to public comment at the meeting, DHHS is also seeking written comments.

NAEVRís public comments focused on senior vision health, as 2020 is in the middle of the tidal wave of 78 million Baby Boomers who will be turning 65 between the years 2010 and 2028. NAEVR was joined in providing public comments by representatives of the American Optometric Association and the American Foundation for the Blind, with the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the Vision Council of America also in attendance and providing support. The vision community was a significance presence at this meeting, which drew participation from patient and advocacy groups representing a wide spectrum of diseases.

The National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (NAEVR) is a non-profit advocacy coalition comprised of 55 professional, consumer, and industry organizations involved in eye and vision research. NAEVRís goal is to achieve the best vision for all Americans through advocacy and public education for eye and vision research sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Eye Institute (NEI) and other federal research entities. Visit NAEVRís Web site at www.eyeresearch.org.