Focus On Eye Health National Summit

Location: A Live Virtual Event
Wednesday, July 15th, 2020
Time: Noon – 3pm Eastern

Focus on Eye Health National Summit: An Eye to the Future

The Focus on Eye Health National Summit elevates the national dialogue among diverse stakeholder groups around vision and significant population health issues such as surveillance, equity, prevention messaging, service integration, program development, and dissemination of best practices. Summit participants will have the opportunity to develop new collaborations, integrate new vision health messages and procedures into their outreach, and improve lines of communication with internal and external partners.

The Summit will include a variety of presentations related to this year’s theme, “An Eye to the Future.”  The agenda will recognize the importance of the year 2020 for vision – and look beyond this moment to the technologies, treatments, social impacts, and policies that will shape vision health in America in the coming decades.


July 15, 2020 – 12:00-3:00pm Eastern

NOTE: Exhibit hall booths will be open to visit from 11am-4pm Eastern on the day of the event.

Summit Moderators:

Jeff Todd, President & CEO, Prevent Blindness
Kathleen Murphy, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, Board Chair, Prevent Blindness, A.O. Stubblefield Professor of Nursing, University of Texas Medical Branch School of Nursing

12:00 – 12:10 pm Eastern

Opening remarks

Jeff Todd, President & CEO, Prevent Blindness

12:10-12:45pm Eastern

Keynote Presentation:

U.S. Launch: WHO World Report on Vision
Peter Holland, CEO, International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness

U.S. perspective of the WHO World Report on Vision provided by:
Victoria M. Sheffield, Vice President, International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness

12:45 – 1:15pm Eastern

U.S. Population and Vision Health in 2020 and Beyond
Anne L. Coleman, MD, PhD, Fran & Ray Stark Foundation Professor of Ophthalmology, UCLA Stein Eye Institute

NEI Strategic Planning: 2020 Vision for the Future
Shefa Gordon, PhD, Associate Director for Science Policy and Legislation, National Eye Institute, NIH

1:15 – 1:25pm Eastern

2020 Rising Visionary Awardee
Araba Otoo, MPH, 3rd-year Optometry Student, The Ohio State University College of Optometry

1:25-1:55pm Eastern

Future of Vision Treatment and Research
Sayoko (Sy) E. Moroi, MD, PhD, Chair and Director of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

1:55-2:25pm Eastern

Future of Vision Treatment and Research – Flatten Inaccessibility: Adults Share Their Concerns About COVID-19 and Its Impact on Healthcare and Transportation
Penny Rosenblum, PhD, Director of Research, American Foundation for the Blind

2:25 – 2:55pm Eastern

2020 Jenny Pomeroy Award for Excellence in Vision and Public Health
Children’s Vision Rehabilitation Program at West Virginia University Eye Institute
Rebecca Coakley, MA, CLVT, Director of Outreach

2:55-3:00pm Eastern

Closing remarks
Jeff Todd, President & CEO, Prevent Blindness

Expected attendees include patient advocates, clinicians and researchers, community-based and advocacy organizations, national vision and eye health organizations, government agencies, and legislative staff. We will also host a virtual live-feed teleconference to coincide with the event, allowing for anyone interested to join in from across the country.

Summit Presentations and Video

Presenter Bios