National Institutes of Health: National Eye Institute - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

National Institutes of Health: National Eye Institute
31 Center Drive
MSC 2510
Bethesda, MD 20892-2510
(301) 496-5248 (Local)
(301) 402-1065 (Fax)

Brief Description

The National Eye Institute (NEI) was established by Congress in 1968 to protect and prolong the vision of the American people. As one of the Federal government's National Institutes of Health (NIH), the NEI conducts and supports research that helps prevent and treat eye diseases and other disorders of vision. Part of the NEI mission is to develop public and professional education programs that help prevent blindness, reduce visual impairment, and increase awareness of services and devices that are available for people with low vision.

NEI finances and conducts research on the eye and vision disorders; supports training of eye researchers; and publishes materials on visual impairment.

Number of staff: 550


Paul Sieving, M.D., Ph.D., Director

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