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October 26, 1984

Supporting much of nation's vision research

JAMA. 1984;252(16):2307-2310. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03350160171050

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For the 11 million visually impaired and half million blind Americans, the National Eye Institute (NEI) supports basic, epidemiologic, and clinical research, aiming above all to fulfill its official mission: to prevent, diagnose, and treat diseases of the visual system. In so doing, the NEI currently funds approximately 80% of all visual research in the United States.

The variety of diseases affecting the visual system means that a list of the institute's more specific priority goals and projects could fill several pages. In general, however, the NEI has established five disease-oriented research programs—retinal and choroidal diseases; corneal diseases; cataracts; glaucoma; and strabismus, amblyopia, and visual processing— each of which sponsors a vast array of research. Additionally, the institute has established a special category of programs to support research related to visual impairment and its rehabilitation.

Summarizing these efforts, the director of the institute, Carl Kupfer, MD, recently discussed already achieved