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 of Prevent Blindness Public Health and Policy Committee

8:30-8:35  Opening Remarks              

8:35-9:10   Morning Keynote Presentation – A Glimpse Into the Future:  Artificial Intelligence & Eye Care  

Lily Peng, MD, PhD, Google

9:10-9:50   Improving Access through Telemedicine 

Moderator:  Jorge Cuadros, OD, PhD, UC Berkeley School of Optometry


Rajeev Ramchandran, MD, MBA, University of Rochester
Speaking on telemedicine and diabetic eye disease

Graham E. Quinn, MD, MSCE, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Speaking on telemedicine and ROP

Emily Y. Chew, National Eye Institute
Speaking on home monitoring of AMD

Lily Peng, MD, PhD, Google
joining panel for Q/A

9:50-10:30  Advancing Population Eye Health through Innovation

10:45-11:40  Promising Practices Emerging from NEI Partnershpis


Michael Steinmetz, PhD, National Eye Institute
Speaking on advances coming from NEI partnerships with other federal agencies

Stephen Rose, PhD, Foundation Fighting Blindness
Speaking on advances resulting from NEI partnerships with private organizations

Cynthia A. Toth, MD, Duke Eye Center
Speaking on the development of intraoperative and pediatric optical coherence tomography (OCT) in ophthalmology

11:40-11:50 Presentation of 50th Anniversary Recognition Award to the National Eye Institute

To be accepted by NEI Director Paul A. Sieving, MD, PhD

Torrey DeKeyser, Chair, Prevent Blindness Board of Directors

11:50 Morning Closing Remarks

Kathleen Murphy

11:50-12:35  Networking Lunch

12:35-1:15  Afternoon Keynote Presentation 

1:15-1:55 Research on Vision Impact on Learning among 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, FAAO, New England College of Optometry
Presenting her research on a vision development assessment tool for children ages birth to 3

Marjean Culp, OD, MS, The Ohio State University College of Optometry
Speaking on the growing impact of myopia and on early childhood development

Mae Millicent Winfrey Peterseim, MD, Medical University of South Carolina
Presenting her research on how vision can impact learning in school-aged children

1:55-2:35  Eyes on the Hill – A Congressional Conversation

2:35-3:00 National Eye Health Surveillance System

John Wittenborn, NORC at the University of Chicago
Introduced by James Jorkasky, Alliance for Eye and Vision Research

3:00-3:25  2018 Jenny Pomeroy Award for Excellence in Vision and Public Health

Johns Hopkins University Vision for Baltimore Team (represented by Megan E. Collins, MD)
Presented by John E. Crews, DPA, 2017 recipient

3:25-3:30  Closing Remarks




The EyeSight Foundation of Alabama


International Retinal Research Foundation

Lighthouse Guild


Vision Impact Institute



Alliance for Eye and Vision Research

American Academy of Ophthalmology

BrightFocus Foundation

Foundation Fighting Blindness