Philippine Eye Research Institute

The Philippine Eye Research Institute (PERI) was established by virtue of Republic Act 4593 on June 19, 1965 and the oldest unit under the National Institutes of Health (NIH).It remains to be the forefront and main steward in conducting blindness prevention programs for the country through basic, clinical, and epidemiological researches. It is committed to the prevention and control of eye diseases especially those prevalent in the Philippines.

PERI has become the center of eye research in the country. Its research staff have contributed to a significant number of scientific publications and published several books and manuscripts on eye diseases.It has also formed linkages with other government and other non-government agencies such as DOH, DepEd, PCHRD, WHO, and NCSP.

Notable recent accomplishments of the institute:

• Republic Act 11358 “An Act Establishing National Vision Screening Program for Kindergarten Pupils and Appropriating Funds Therefor” signed into law by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on 31 July 2019 which aims to identify early childhood visual problems.

• 2017 Alberto G.  Romualdez, Jr.  Outstanding Health Research Award (AROHRA) in the Health Services Research Category to the National Vision Screening Program for Kindergarten Pupils to the Philippine Eye Research Institute (PERI), August 25, 2017 presented by the DOST, PCHRD, and DOH.

• Philippine Eye Disease Study 2018 funded by the Department of Health. Survey Results serve as the basis for public health programs for eye care services and prevention of blindness.