Welcome to the Virtual Event

On Wednesday, July 15th, 2020, Prevent Blindness will host the 9th Annual Focus on Eye Health National Summit as a virtual event. (Due to the current COVID-19 health crisis, this year’s event will be held as an online event only.)

The Focus on Eye Health National Summit has become a key annual event to elevate the national dialogue among diverse stakeholder groups around vision and significant public health issues such as equity, surveillance, access, prevention, service integration, and program development. The Summit allows its participants to develop new collaborations, integrate new vision health messages and procedures into their outreach, disseminate evidence-based best practices to support eye health, and improve lines of communication with internal and external partners. Our virtual event will offer these same opportunities through a unique, interactive platform.

2020 Agenda: 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.

The Focus on Eye Health National Summit welcomes a diverse range of participants, including patient advocates, community-based organizations, national vision and eye health organizations, health-care providers, senior- and child care professionals, government agency staff, legislative staff, and more.

Why Attend?

Join virtually to this free event from the comfort of your office, while decreasing your traveling time and cost. Enjoy this one of a kind live experience.

Engage and network with participants through interactive and intuitive chat capabilities and visit our sponsor booths.

Learn about the latest significant public health issues around vision and eye health.


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

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





International Eye Foundation

Event FAQs

Yes, you will need to complete the registration form to enjoy all the Focus on Eye Health National Summit Virtual Event features.
Yes, to join this virtual event you will need to register.
Your login details will be emailed to you ahead of the event. You can use these details to access the online event.
The event will remain open 24/7 for 90 days. Therefore, you can attend whenever it’s convenient for you during this period of time.
This is an online event. You do not have to travel to any specific location. You can participate anywhere that you have internet access. The event is accessible from desktop, mobile, and tablet devices.
Yes. Like any physical event, we will have a cart for you! You can add all of the documents available to the online cart in your account and then email them to yourself or share items with colleagues and friends by simply entering their email.
Absolutely. We are counting on you to invite others! Help us spread the word. You can simply share the link to this page, and they can register at their convenience.
No. You do not need to download or install any software to participate in our conference. You only need to have access to the internet.
Contact us at Prevent Blindness
Email: eyesummit@preventblindness.org