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NEI Mission Statement

The National Eye Institute (NEI) was established by Congress in 1968 to protect and preserve the vision of the American people. As one of the federal government's National Institutes of Health (NIH), NEI conducts and supports research that helps prevent and treat eye diseases and other disorders of vision. This research leads to sight-saving treatments, reduces visual impairment and blindness and improves the quality of life for people of all ages. NEI-supported research has advanced our knowledge of how visual system functions in both health and disease.

Vision research is supported by NEI through approximately 1,600 research grants and training awards made to scientists at more than 250 medical centers, hospitals, universities and other institutions across the country and around the world. NEI also conducts laboratory and patient-oriented research at its own facilities located on the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD. Because of continued congressional and public support, the national investment in vision research has yielded substantial dividends to treat many potentially blinding eye diseases:

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