• Building our future

    The only institute of its kind.
  • Questions that matter

    Science that makes a difference now.
    The importance of good lighting.
  • People that inspire

    Creating a future that is accessible to everyone.
    Dr. Karim traversed the globe to understand how touch can be used to “see” objects.

Why we’re here: ERI’s Purpose

Research is an important part of Envision’s mission to improve the quality of life and provide inspiration for those who are blind or visually impaired. Here at the Envision Research Institute, we’re helping to do just that through innovative and applied research, with the goal of removing functional barriers for people with blindness or vision loss.

While major strides have been made, globally we still face significant gaps in the scientific understanding of vision loss and rehabilitation. In fact, the National Eye Institute has identified specific research needs in blindness and low vision:

  • Understanding visual impairment
  • Screening and testing
  • Assistive device technology
  • Visual prosthetics
  • Rehabilitation and improving public health

The good news? ERI is uniquely positioned to further the understanding of visual impairment through direct contact with Envision’s incredibly diverse community of individuals who are blind and visually impaired. The founding of the Envision Research Institute not only helps fulfill Envision’s mission, but also addresses needs in the national science and health agenda.

Why the need for ERI is now

Visual impairment can have a profound impact on a person’s ability to function in daily life, with impairment ranging from mild to severe, including total blindness. Age-related diseases can cause vision loss later in life, leading to decreased independence, isolation and depression. Premature birth, genetics and birth defects can affect vision in the youngest children, presenting lifetime barriers to education and assimilation in the community.

Today, because of technological and medical advances, the premature birth survival rate is increasing, and the adult lifespan has been lengthened. Progress on both of these fronts means that the number of people with blindness or vision loss is increasing—and will continue to do so. There’s never been a more urgent need for low vision advancement, education and awareness.

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