As part of the federal government’s National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Eye Institute’s mission is to “conduct and support research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs with respect to blinding eye diseases, visual disorders, mechanisms of visual function, preservation of sight, and the special health problems and requirements of the blind.”
Because of continued Congressional and public support, our national investment in vision research has led to major advances in the prevention and treatment of eye diseases and visual disorders. Read more about our advances.
Budget and Congress
The NEI budget is approximately $675 million (FY2014). The NEI budget requests are submitted to Congress with other NIH institutes as part of the President’s budget request in February. See our Congressional Justifications.
History of the NEI
NEI was established on August 16, 1968 when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Public Law 90-489. Read more about our history.
NEI 50th Anniversary
NEI celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2018 and the progress made in diagnosing and treating eye diseases and vision impairment since it was established in 1968.
- National Advisory Eye Council (NAEC)
- Board of Scientific Counselors
- NEI Women Scientists Advisory Committee (WSAC)
Donating to the NEI
The National Eye Institute (NEI) is a Federal Agency of the United States Government and is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as tax-exempt under 26 U.S.C. 501c(3). Contributions to the NEI are tax-deductible pursuant to 26 U.S.C. 170 Read more about making donations.