Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 29, 2019
CONTACT: James F. Jorkasky
Executive Director
240-221-2905
jamesj@eyeresearch.org

MILITARY MEDICINE PUBLISHES AEVR's UPDATED MILITARY EYE INJURY STUDY THAT ESTIMATES $41.47 BILLION COST

(Washington, D.C.) Military Medicine journal has published the Alliance for Eye and Vision Research's (AEVR) 2018 update of the National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research's (NAEVR) 2012 study of the Cost of Military Eye Injury, Vision Impairment, and Related Blindness and Vision Dysfunction Associated with Traumatic Brain (TBI) without Eye Injury. The article is currently available on the journal's Web site, in the Advanced Articles section, and will be published in the upcoming issue.

AEVR's updated study concluded from data published from 2000-2017 on combat-related eye injuries that the total projected cost to the economy is $41.47 billion, with $40.2 billion of that cost reflecting the present value of a lifetime of long-term benefits, lost wages, and family care.

An AEVR-led Working Group conferred with consulting economist Kevin Frick, PhD (Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business), who conducted NAEVR's 2012 study, and study co-author Eric Singman, MD, PhD (Johns Hopkins University/Wilmer Eye Institute). In addition to considering all of the potential acute and long-terms costs accounted for in the 2012 NAEVR study, in the 2018 AEVR update the Working Group also accounted for costs associated with the retraining and replacement of visually-impaired service members, which were estimated at $11.7 million as of 2017 inflation-adjusted dollars.

NAEVR will use the Military Medicine publication in its advocacy for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 funding of $20 million for the Department of Defense's Peer-Reviewed Vision Research Program (VRP), which addresses military eye trauma.

The Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (AEVR), a 501(c)3 non-profit foundation, is proud to announce these educational programs 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.