From our earliest years through our final days, our sight plays a wondrous role in who we are as people and as a population. Diverse voices engaging in discussions around this lifelong impact will stimulate conversations around the challenges to equitable access to eye care, unique collaborations across stakeholders, and opportunities to integrate vision into public health policies, practices, and research advancement. This event will remind us why the eye should be an important focus for us all.
This free event attracts a global audience of patient advocates, community-based organizations, vision and eye health organizations, researchers, health-care providers, educators, early childhood education professionals, senior- and child-care professionals, government agency staff, corporate partners, health program professionals, and legislative staff.
Explore the exhibit hall and downloadable information available from our event sponsors. Video chat, text chat, and email communications will be available from vendor staff during this period.
Keynote Presentation - Why the Eye: Advances in Eyecare and the Impact on the Patient
The goal of the keynote is to discuss how recent innovations are advancing eye care and how these innovations are impacting the patient.
The goal of this session is to discuss through a roundtable format how data, social media, and patient advocacy can be used to tell a story around the importance of vision and eye health.
The Prevent Blindness Rising Visionary Award is presented annually to a student or resident in a health-related field who submits the best overall application and essay addressing the 2023 Focus on Eye Health Summit theme: Why the Eye?
The goal of this session is to discuss through a roundtable format how communities overcome barriers from identification to care by addressing access, cultural and language barriers, transportation, and use of telemedicine.
The Jenny Pomeroy Award for Excellence in Vision and Public Health is presented annually to an individual, group, or organization that has made significant contributions to the advancement of public health related to vision and eye health at the community, state, national and/or international level.
Explore the exhibit hall and download information available from our event sponsors. Only email communication with exhibit booths will be available this day.
Why the Eye: Innovative Mental Health Approaches
The goal of this session is to discuss the importance of and share actionable steps for integrating mental health into the vision and eye health community, share examples of how mental health has integrated in other health areas, and end with lessons learned and key takeaways for the vision and eye health community.
The goal of this forum is to discuss the importance of integrating mental health and vision and eye health; provide an overview of findings from the Prevent Blindness mental health task force; discuss in a roundtable with various providers around awareness, training, and resources available and needed; explore an integrated care model; and learn from the patient experience.
Why the Eye: Policy Opportunities and Obstacles Around Vision and Mental Wellness
The goal of this session through a fireside chat is to identify the separate and mutual policy obstacles and opportunities that exist within the vision and eye health and mental wellness communities, and to determine how both communities can work together to ensure patients facing vision loss are connected to the mental health care they need to maintain well-being.
Thanks to your generous support we are proud to offer the "Focus on Eye Health Summit" completely free of charge.