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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 4, 2016
CONTACT: James F. Jorkasky
Executive Director
240-221-2905
jamesj@eyeresearch.org

JAMA OPHTHALMOLOGY PUBLISHES RESULTS OF AEVRís 2014 SURVEY ON THE PUBLICíS ATTITUDES ABOUT VISION LOSS

(Washington, D.C.) Today the Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (AEVR) announced that JAMA Ophthalmology has published in its Online First Section, Original Investigations, a paper entitled Public Attitudes About Eye and Vision Health with the following citation:

Scott AW, Bressler NM, Ffolkes S, Wittenborn JS, Jorkasky J. Public Attitudes About Eye and Vision Health. JAMA Ophthalmol. Published online August 04, 2016. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2016.2627.

The paper reflects results from the AEVR survey released in September 2014 at a National Press Club event in Washington, D.C. The study was commissioned by AEVR partner Research!America from Zogby Analytics and underwritten by a grant from Research to Prevent Blindness. A press release, slides, and an hour-long video of the release event have been available on the front page of the AEVR Web site at www.eyeresearch.org.

The peer-reviewed published paper reflects this survey of the four major U.S. ethnic/racial groups (Hispanic, Non-Hispanic White, African American, and Asian American) and its findings that include:

  • a significant number of Americans across all racial lines rate losing their eyesight as having the greatest impact on their daily life:
  • depending on the racial group, blindness was identified as either the worst or second worst that could happen in relation to other diseases (cancer, HIV, Alzheimerís); and
  • national support for eye and vision research was a priority.
AEVR is encouraging the vision community to use/cite these data widely, including in introductory information in grants, in education about vision loss, and in advocacy for more vision research funding.

The Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (AEVR) is a 501(c)3 non-profit foundation founded in 1993 and consisting of 55 professional, consumer, and industry organizations involved in eye and vision research. AEVRís Decade of Vision 2010-2020 Initiative is a sustained educational effort acknowledged by Congress that recognizes the benefits of federally funded vision research. Visit its Web site at www.eyeresearch.org