Serving as Friends
of the National Eye Institute

OUR MISSION

The mission of the National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (NAEVR) is to achieve the best eye and vision care for all Americans through advocacy and public education for eye and vision research sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and its National Eye Institute (NEI), Department of Defense (DOD), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and other federal agencies.  The mission of the Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (AEVR) is to ensure the best eye and vision care for all Americans through education of congressional legislators, government policymakers, coalition partners, the media and consumers about the value of eye and vision research.

How we are making an impact

$2.6B
FY2020 NIH Funding Increase
10,000
Americans each day will turn age 65 and be at greatest risk for age-related eye disease
$28M
FY2020 NEI
Funding Increase

Emerging Vision Scientist Program

Since 2015, AEVR’s Decade of Vision 2010-2020 Initiative has hosted an annual Emerging Vision Scientists Day on Capitol Hill, supported by a grant from Research to Prevent Blindness, in which early-stage investigators from Departments of Ophthalmology and Schools/Colleges of Optometry exhibit results of their cutting-edge research and then advocate with Congressional delegations (under the auspices of NAEVR).