The National Eye Institute (NEI) has made tremendous contributions to eye and vision research that have improved the quality of life for millions of Americans and helped to contain rising health care costs. You can learn more about the importance of adequate federally funded research and how eye and vision disease affects you, your family and your health care by checking out the following fact sheets and links.

Eye Facts

Estimating Public and Patient Savings From Basic Research—A Study of Optical Coherence Tomography in Managing Antiangiogenic Therapy, American Journal of Ophthalmology, December 2017

Public Attitudes About Eye and Vision Health (JAMA Ophthalmology, August 2016

The Silver Book: Diabetic Retinopathy (Alliance for Aging Research, July 2016)

Vision and BlindnessFact Sheet, Developed by AEVR and Research!America, Supported by Research to Prevent Blindness (September, 2014)

The Value of Federally Funded Vision Research - National Eye Institute (NEI) (October, 2013)

The Value of Defense-Related Vision Research: Peer-Reviewed Vision Trauma Research Program in Defense Appropriations (September, 2012)

The Silver Book®: Vision Loss Volume II, a joint effort of AEVR and The Alliance for Aging Research (March 2012)

Research!America Vision and Blindness fact sheet, developed with AEVR (September 2014)

The Future of Vision: Forecasting the Prevalence and Costs of Vision Problems (Prevent Blindness, June 2014)

Cost Benefit Analysis of Corneal Transplant (Eye Bank Association of America, October 2013)

Cost of Vision Problems: The Economic Burden of Vision Loss and Eye Disorders in the United States (Prevent Blindness America, June 2013)

Global data on visual impairment (World Health Organization)

Vision Problems in the US Searchable Database (Prevent Blindness America)

Focus on Eye Health and Culturally Diverse Populations (Prevent Blindness America, July 2012)

Amblyopia Fact Sheet (National Eye Institute, July 2011)

Age-related Macular Degeneration Fact Sheet (National Eye Institute, July 2011)

Diabetic Retinopathy Fact Sheet (National Eye Institute, June 2011)

Glaucoma Fact Sheet (National Eye Institute, July 2011)

Age-Related Macular Degeneration - What You Should Know (National Eye Institute, August 2009)

Research!America Vision and Blindness fact sheet, developed with NAEVR (March 2008)

Improving The Nation's Vision Health: A Coordinated Public Health Approach, developed by the Centers for Disease Control (February 2007)

NEI Leads in Eye and Vision Research; Collaborative Research with other NIH Institutes and Federal Entities and the Private Sector (March 2009)

Vision Impairment and Eye Disease Is A Major Public Health Problem (March 2005)

Links To Other Sites

"How to Keep Your Sight", from NIH Medline Plus Magazine Summer 2008

Usher Syndrome (A joint project of the National Eye Institute and the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders), a United Kingdom-based website with a wealth of information on eye and vision issues.

The Economic Impact of Vision Problems: The Toll of Major Adult Eye Disorders, Visual Impairment and Blindness on the U.S. Economy (Prevent Blindness America)

2007 Report of the International Dry Eye WorkShop (DEWS)

Progress in Eye and Vision Research 1999-2006 (PDF) (National Eye Institute, June 2006)

AMD Fact Sheet (AMD Alliance International)

Awareness of Age-Related Macular Degeneration and Associated Risk Factors (AMD Alliance International)

Dry Eyes: A Hallmark Symptom of Sjögren's Syndrome (Sjögren's Syndrome Foundation)

Vision Problems in the U.S.: Prevalence of Adult Vision Impairment and Age-Related Eye Disease (Prevent Blindness America)