U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

NIH National Eye Institute - NEI

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31 Center Drive MSC 2510
Bethesda, MD 20892-2510
301-496-5248 (Voice)
301-402-1065 (FAX)


The National Eye Institute (NEI), established in 1968, has primary responsibility within the National Institutes of Health for supporting and conducting research aimed at improving the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of eye diseases. In addition, the NEI encourages the application of research findings to clinical practice, heightens public awareness of eye and vision problems, and cooperates with voluntary organizations that engage in related activities. The NEI coordinates the National Eye Health Education Program (NEHEP), a Federal effort to prevent vision loss by encouraging early diagnosis and timely treatment of eye diseases.

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Print Resources

NEI publications on the following eye conditions are available upon request: cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and ocular histoplasmosis. Information on other eye disease may also be provided. Also available is information on NEI-supported research.

Review Date

Wednesday, Oct 14, 2015