National Eye Institute

Each July, the vision community joins to recognize Dry Eye Awareness Month. Dry eye disease (DED), along with ocular pain and ocular inflammation, are among conditions experienced in Ocular Surface Disease (OSD), which affects structures on the front of the eye, including the clear cornea through which we see. As clinicians and researchers more fully understand the breadth of OSD, they have increasingly recognized the role that lifestyle and the environment play in its development, especially dry eye. DED, which has been identified as a global problem affecting more than 30 million people in the United States alone, occurs when the eye does not produce tears properly or when the tears are...
February is AMD/Low Vision Awareness Month. Join the conversation on social media by sharing this blog post on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtags #AMDAwarenessMonth and #LowVisionMonth. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of vision loss among people aged 50 and older in developed countries. In the United States alone, the number of people with advanced AMD, is over 2 million. This number is expected to increase to 5.4 million by 2050. There is currently no cure for AMD, making it a major public health crisis. As with many kinds of vision loss, especially those involving the central visual field, it is easy to think of the disorder as a loss of acuity – reading...
Stagnant funding could threaten progress in eye research America’€™s minority populations are united in the view that not only is eye and vision research very important and needs to be a national priority, but many feel that current federal funding ($2.10 per person, per year) is not enough and should be increased. This may stem from the evidence that most minority populations recognize to some degree that individuals have different risks of eye disease depending on their ethnic heritage. And while these Americans rate losing their eyesight as having the greatest impact on their daily life and having a significant impact on their independence, productivity and overall quality of life, 50...

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