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Vision Researchers Receive at Least $230M from ARRA/DOD Funding
NEI Awards 333 ARRA Grants. Click Here for More Information


NAEVR Announces Release of
The Silver Book®: Vision Loss
Volume II


NAEVR Supports World Glaucoma Week


NAEVR Participates in White House Conference on Aging

 
Serving as Friends of the National Eye Institute

AEVR/NAEVR Fall 2016 Events

September 14

AEVR Congressional Briefing - International AMD Awareness Week,
12 noon – 1:15 p.m. Rayburn B-338

AEVR Congressional Reception - Emerging Vision Scientists Day, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., Rayburn 2168 (sponsored by Research to Prevent Blindness)

September 15

NAEVR’s Emerging Vision Scientists Capitol Hill Advocacy Day

Watch/Read about AEVR's October 7-8, 2015, Emerging Vision Scientists Events on Capitol Hill

Breaking News

JAMA Ophthalmology Publishes Results of AEVR's 2014 Survey on the Public's Attitudes About Vision Loss

NAEVR Releases Spring/Summer 2016 Contributor Report

NAEVR Recognizes House Efforts to Grow Biomedical Research Funding at NIH for Second Year

House Appropriations Committee Approves FY2017 LHHS Appropriations Bill with $1.25 Billion NIH Increase, $27.6 Million NEI Increase

AEVR Announces the Second Annual Emerging Vision Scientists Day on Capitol Hill

NAEVR Commends Senate for Making NIH Funding a Priority in FY2017 Appropriations

Senate Appropriations Committee Approves FY2017 LHHS Appropriations Bill with $2 Billion NIH Increase, $32.8 Million NEI Increase

AEVR Announces June 8 Congressional Briefing—Dry Eye: Today's Research, Tomorrow's Solutions

Senate Appropriations Committee Approves 302(b) Subcommittee Allocations

NAEVR Announces Advocacy and Educational Opportunities at the 2016 ARVO Annual Meeting

In Hearing with Dr. Collins, Senate Appropriators Reiterate Concerns About Mandatory Funding for NIH in President’s FY2017 Budget Request

NAEVR TO House and Senate: Increase NIH and NEI Appropriated Funding by 7.5 Percent, Reflecting Five Percent Real Growth Above Biomedical Inflation

NAEVR Releases Winter/Spring 2016 Contributor Report

In Hearing with Dr. Collins, House Appropriators Reiterate Concerns about Mandatory Funding for NIH in President’s FY2017 Budget Request

Senate Appropriators Echo House Concerns about the FY2017 Budget Request’s Reliance on Mandatory Funding; Senator Alexander Proposes a “Path Forward”

House Appropriators Express Concerns about President’s Reliance on Mandatory Funding In the FY2017 Budget Request

NAEVR Releases FY2017 Funding Requests for NIH/NEI and The DOD Vision Research Program

NAEVR Disappointed in the President's Reliance on Mandatory Funding in the FY2017 Budget Request

President Issues FY2017 Budget Request with NIH Increase, NEI Flat-Funded

AEVR Announces March 2016 Congressional Briefings on Glaucoma and Defense-Related Vision Research

President Signs FY2016 Omnibus Appropriations Legislation

NAEVR Commends Congress for Increased NIH/NEI Funding Levels in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016

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The National Eye Institute (NEI) within the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is responsible for funding sight-saving and sight-restoring vision research. The annual cost for vision disorders/blindness in the United States is $145 billion. Direct medical costs associated with vision disorders are the fifth highest-only less than heart disease, cancers, emotional disorders, and pulmonary conditions. Adequately funding vision research is vital due to the following:
  • NEI’s FY2016 funding of $708 million is still less than 0.5 percent of the $145 billion annual cost of vision disorders. The U.S. is only spending $2.20 per-person, per-year for vision research, while the cost of treating low vision and blindness is $6,680 per-person, per-year

  • Vision loss can be a co-morbid condition of chronic diseases, such as diabetes, which is at epidemic levels due to the increased incidence of obesity.

  • In public opinion polls over the past fifty years, including a 2014 poll reflecting all four major racial/ethnic groups in the U.S., Americans have identified fear of vision loss as second only to fear of cancer-and for which they would trade remaining years of life to avoid.

 

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NAEVR in Action
AEVR Congressional Briefing Addresses Research into Dry Eye

 
AEVR Congressional Briefing Addresses Research into Dry Eye
Emerging Vision Scientists Energize NAEVR Central at ARVO 2016

 



Emerging Vision Scientists Energize NAEVR Central at ARVO 2016


  NAEVR’s Defense Funding Session Complements the Vision and Traumatic Brain Injury Session at the 2016 ARVO Annual Meeting
Private Funding Foundations Educate About their Role in Vision Research, 
Advocate for Increased NEI Funding

  Private Funding Foundations Educate About their Role in Vision Research, Advocate for Increased NEI Funding
From left:  BVA Board Member Tom Zampieri, Ph.D., Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO), First Sergeant (Ret.) Daniel Wallace (BVA Operation Peer Support Committee Chair), and ARVO President John Clark, Ph.D. (University of Washington) delivering the VSO/MSO-signed VRP request letter

  Hill Letters Request Vision Trauma Research Funding at $15 M in FY2017, Support for Defense Health Programs in Defense Appropriations
DOD-Funded Researcher Develops Drug-Delivering Contact Lens

 
DOD-Funded Researcher Develops Drug-Delivering Contact Lens


 
AEVR Congressional Briefing Addresses Public Health Challenges in Glaucoma


 
ARVO Advocates Thank Congress For FY2016 NIH/NEI Increase, Urge FY2017 Budget Growth


 
NAEVR Urges Congress to Support the Bipartisan Budget


  Emerging Vision Scientists Educate, Advocate on Capitol Hill About Their Research to Reduce the Burden of Eye Disease

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