Date: July 18, 2018

Location: Washington, D.C.

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About the Event

Prevent Blindness will host the seventh annual Focus on Eye Health National Summit on July 18, 2018, in Washington, DC. The Summit will include a variety of presentations related to this year’s theme, "Research to Impact,” as we honor the National Eye Institute’s 50th Anniversary and its myriad contributions to vision and eye research.

Expected attendees include patient advocates, community-based organizations, national vision and eye health organizations, government agencies, and policymakers. Follow the event on Twitter at #eyesummit.


Summit Moderator:

Kathleen Murphy, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, University of Texas Medical Branch

Chair, Prevent Blindness Public Health and Policy Committee

Morning Keynote Presentation – A Glimpse Into the Future:  Artificial Intelligence & Eye Care

Lily Peng, Google AI Healthcare

Improving Access through Telemedicine

Panel Moderator:  Jorge Cuadros, OD, PhD, University of California, Berkeley and EyePACS

Rajeev Ramchandran, MD, MBA, University of Rochester

Graham E. Quinn, MD, MSCE, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Emily Y. Chew, MD, National Eye Institute

Lily Peng, Google AI Healthcare

Innovative Screening Models and Their Impact on Global Eye Health

Introduction: Ian Wishart, The Fred Hollows Foundation

Alan L. Robin, MD, Johns Hopkins University

Promising Practices Emerging from NEI Partnerships

Panel Moderator: James Jorkasky, Alliance for Eye and Vision Research

Michael Steinmetz, PhD, National Eye Institute

Stephen Rose, PhD, Foundation Fighting Blindness

Cynthia A. Toth, MD, Duke Eye Center; Member, ARVO “Telling the Story of OCT” Steering Committee

Presentation of 50th Anniversary Recognition Award to the National Eye Institute

Presentation: Torrey DeKeyser, Chair, Prevent Blindness Board of Directors

Accepted by: Michael Steinmetz, PhD, National Eye Institute

Eyes on the Hill – A Congressional Perspective

with the Congressional Vision Caucus, including Co-Chair Rep. Gene Green (D-TX) [subject to change

Advancing Eye Health in Native American Communities – Opportunities and Challenges

Introduction: Heidi Chase, Seva Foundation

Stacy Bohlen, National Indian Health Board

Vision's Impact on Learning in Children​

Panel Moderator:  Laura Anderko, PhD, RN, Georgetown University and Chair of the National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health

Gayathri Srinivasan, MS, OD, New England College of Optometry

Marjean Taylor Kulp, OD, MS, The Ohio State University College of Optometry

Mae Millicent Winfrey Peterseim, MD, Medical University of South Carolina

National Eye Health Surveillance System

Introduction: Kira Baldonado, Prevent Blindness

John Wittenborn, NORC at the University of Chicago

2018 Jenny Pomeroy Award for Excellence in Vision and Public Health

Introduction: John E. Crews, DPA, 2017 recipient

Recipient: Johns Hopkins University Vision for Baltimore Team (represented by Megan E. Collins, MD)




Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology 

The EyeSight Foundation of Alabama


International Retinal Research Foundation

Johnson & Johnson Vision 

Lighthouse Guild

National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health

NORC at the University of Chicago*



Vision Impact Institute



Alliance for Eye and Vision Research

American Academy of Ophthalmology

American Academy of Optometry

American Optometric Association

BrightFocus Foundation

Foundation Fighting Blindness

Lions Club International

Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals

Seva Foundation  


Vision 2020 USA


*Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

Summit Webcast

If you are unable to attend The Focus On Eye Health National Summit in person, the event will be streamed live online. Register for the webcast at