Press Release

AEVR Announces World Glaucoma Week 2020 Congressional Briefing

(Washington, D.C.)  Today, the Alliance for Eye and Vision Research’s (AEVR) Decade of Vision 2010-2020 Initiative announced its first Congressional Briefing of 2020 which supports the vision community’s request for increased Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 appropriations for the National Eye Institute (NEI) within the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

On Wednesday, February 26, 2020, AEVR will hold the World Glaucoma Week 2020 Congressional Briefing entitled The Impact of Federal Funding on Glaucoma Research and Clinical Practice from 12 Noon to 1:15 pm in House Rayburn 2045. RSVP to Dina Beaumont at 202-407-8320 or dinabeau@aol.com.

The Briefing is being held prior to World Glaucoma Week 2020 (March 8-14) since the American Glaucoma Society’s (AGS) membership will be on Capitol Hill February 26 to educate Congress about the impact of glaucoma on patients. In addition to AGS, AEVR’s co-sponsors for this event include Research to Prevent Blindness, the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), the Glaucoma Research Foundation, and the Optometric Glaucoma Society. 

Glaucoma, a neurological disease affecting the optic nerve and causing loss of vision and ultimately blindness, is the second leading cause of preventable vision loss. Certain factors  such as age, high intraocular pressure (IOP), and optic nerve structure are associated with disease development. Groups at highest risk include African Americans over age 40, individuals over age 60, and those with a family history of the disease.  

Featured speaker Paul Lee, MD, JD (W.K. Kellogg Eye Center/University of Michigan) will describe the NEI’s long history of funding glaucoma research, ranging from determining the genetic basis of the disease to development of effective drug and device therapies. Dr. Lee, who is the F. Bruce Fralick Professor and Chair in the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Michigan Medical School and Director of the W.K. Kellogg Eye Center, also serves as President of AEVR’s Board of Directors.

Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (AEVR), a 501(c)3 non-profit foundation, is proud to announce this educational program associated with its Decade of Vision 2010-2020 Initiative, a sustained educational effort acknowledged by Congress that recognizes the benefits of federally funded vision research. Visit AEVR’s Web site at www.eyeresearch.org