Welcome to the Focus on Eye Health National Summit- a Virtual Interactive Event

On July 14-15, 2021, Prevent Blindness will host the 10th annual Focus on Eye Health National Summit as a virtual interactive event. (Due to the current COVID-19 health crisis, the 2021 event will be held as an online event only.) The event will include multiple opportunities for participant engagement, including moderated discussions on key topics, chats with presenters, an exhibit hall with live exhibitor chat and video conversation, and more.

The Focus on Eye Health National Summit is a key venue to elevate 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. The Summit allows participants to develop new collaborations, integrate new vision health messages and procedures into their outreach, and improve lines of communication with internal and external partners.

2021 Agenda: An exciting Summit agenda is currently evolving, and will include a variety of presentations related to this year’s theme, "Our Changing Vision.” The agenda will celebrate the key vision advancements that have occurred during the 10 years the summit has convened, and look ahead to leading advancements, policies, and social issues that will shape how we approach eye health for the coming decade. The agenda will recognize the importance of research expansion, shifting political leadership, and the elevation of the patient at the center of care decisions. 

Expected attendees include patient advocates, vision researchers, clinicians, foundations, community-based and advocacy organizations, national vision and eye health organizations, vision companies, government agencies, and legislative staff. 

Learn more about past Summits and presentations.

Why Attend?

Join virtually to this free event from the comfort of your home or office without the time or cost of travel. Enjoy this one-of-a-kind live experience.

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

Engage and network with participants through a user-friendly chat feature and visit our sponsor booths.

Keynote Speakers


Michael F. Chiang, MD

Director, National Eye Institute

Amy Dixon

Paralympic Athlete & President, Glaucoma Eyes International

Ross C. Brownson, PhD

Lipstein Distinguished Professor of Public Health,
Washington University in St. Louis

Agenda


QUESTIONS FOR PRESENTERS/SESSIONs: If you have any questions you would like to ask the presenters in advance of the Summit,
please click on the session title below to email your question.


Wednesday, July 14, 2021

11:00am-4:30pm Eastern

Focus on Eye Health National Summit: Our Changing Vision

NOTE: Exhibit hall booths will be open to visit from 11am - 4:30pm 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

11:30 am -11:40 am 

Opening remarks

Jeff Todd
President & CEO, Prevent Blindness

11:40 am – 12:25 pm

Keynote Presentation:

Michael F. Chiang, MD
Director, National Eye Institute

1:15 pm - 1:30 pm

2021 Rising Visionary Awardee

Shervonne Poleon
University of Alabama at Birmingham Vision Science Graduate Program Student

2:55 - 3:25 pm

2021 Jenny Pomeroy Award for Excellence in Vision and Public Health

R.V. Paul Chan, MD, MSc, MBA, FACS
University of Illinois at Chicago

3:25 - 3:30 pm

Closing Remarks

Jeff Todd
President & CEO, Prevent Blindness

Thursday, July 15, 2021

9:00am-3:30pm Eastern

Exhibit hall without staffing

Explore the exhibit hall and information available from our event sponsors. Only email communication will be available this day.

9:00 am - 11:00 am

Pre-Event: The Ohio Aging Eye Summit

11:30 am - 11:35 am

Opening Remarks

Jeff Todd
President & CEO, Prevent Blindness

11:35 am - 12:20 pm

Keynote Presentation

Amy Dixon
Paralympic Athlete & President, Glaucoma Eyes International

2:40 pm - 3:25 pm

Keynote Presentation

Ross C. Brownson, PhD
Lipstein Distinguished Professor of Public Health, Washington University in St. Louis

3:25 pm - 3:30 pm

Closing Remarks

Jeff Todd
President & CEO, Prevent Blindness

Speakers


Ross C. Brownson, PhD

Lipstein Distinguished Professor of Public Health
Washington University in St. Louis

R.V. Paul Chan, MD, MSc, MBA, FACS

University of Illinois at Chicago

Michael F. Chiang, MD

Director, National Eye Institute

Amy Dixon

Paralympic Athlete & President, Glaucoma Eyes International

Shervonne Poleon

Vision Science Graduate Program Student
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Sponsors



Platinum



Gold



Silver

CooperVision
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, there is no cost to participate, however, you will need to register to access this virtual event.
Your login details will be emailed to you ahead of the event. You can use these details to access the online event.
While live networking with other attendees and vendors will only be possible during the scheduled time and days of the event (July 14-15, 2021), the virtual venue will remain open 24/7 for 30 days. Therefore, you can view sessions or visit sponsor booths 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 internet access is available. The event is accessible from desktop, mobile, and tablet devices.
Yes. Like any physical event, we will have a swag bag for you! You can add all of the documents available to the online swag bag that is provided for your personal use, and then email the documents 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