FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 7, 2012
|CONTACT: James F. Jorkasky
AEVR AND ALLIANCE FOR AGING RESEARCH RELEASE
THE SILVER BOOK®: VISION LOSS VOLUME II
(Washington, D.C.) Today, the Alliance for Eye and Vision Research’s (AEVR) Decade of Vision 2010-2020 Initiative and the Alliance for Aging Research (AAR) released The Silver Book®: Vision Loss Volume II during a World Glaucoma Week Congressional Briefing. The document is available in hard copy and online at www.silverbook.org/visionloss.
The Silver Book®: Vision Loss Volume II presents the latest data on the significant health and economic burden of age-related eye diseases and demonstrates the potential for innovative treatments emerging from research. AAR President and CEO Daniel Perry noted that this edition contains 150 “insights” from 80 different research sources, adding that “it is testimony to the progress of research that there are already enough new data to warrant an update since the initial vision loss edition was released in September 2007.” He emphasized that AAR’s series of Silver Books on various age-related diseases facilitate policymakers’ discussions about healthcare delivery and research spending priorities, especially important as the nation faces the “Silver Tsunami” of 10,000 citizens a day turning age 65 between years 2011 and 2029.
According to the National Eye Institute (NEI) within the National Institutes of Health (NIH), more than 38 million Americans age 40 and older are blind, have low vision, or an age-related eye disease, and this number is expected to grow to 50 million by year 2020. The economic impact of adult vision loss is significant, with the annual cost to the United States exceeding $51 million-the majority of the $68 billion cost of all vision impairment and eye disease.
Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (AEVR) is a 501(c)3 non-profit foundation dedicated to education about the importance of federal funding for eye and vision research. In 2009, Congress passed H. Res 366 and S. Res. 209 designating 2010-2020 as the decade of vision and acknowledging AEVR’s Decade of Vision 2010-2020 Initiative. www.eyeresearch.org
Alliance for Aging Research, founded in 1986, is a national citizen advocacy organization working to improve the lives of Americans as they grow older by advancing biomedical and behavioral research in aging and health. As America’s Baby Boom is transformed to an unprecedented Senior Boom, the Alliance is a valued and respected voice in advocating programs in research, health education and public policy. www.agingresearch.org