National Eye Institute History
NEI was established on August 16, 1968 when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Public Law 90-489. The new NIH institute was the first government organization solely dedicated to research on human visual diseases and disorders. NEI officially began operations on December 26, 1968, and the National Advisory Eye Council met for the first time on April 3, 1969.
Public Law 90-489, the bill that established NEI, was signed by President Lyndon Johnson in 1968.
Important Events in NEI History
A Written History
- Book Recounts Establishment and First Three Decades of the National Eye Institute, October 13, 2009
- Download a copy of History of the Eye Institute: 1968-2000 [PDF]