Prevent Blindness Holds 7th Annual Focus on Eye Health Summit


Prevent Blindness hosted the 7th annual Focus on Eye Health National Summit on Wednesday, July 18, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The Summit honored the 50th Anniversary of the National Eye Institute as well as included presentations related to the theme, “Research to Impact.”

Sponsors of the Focus on Eye Health National Summit included gold-level sponsors Allergan, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, The EyeSight Foundation of Alabama, Genentech, International Retinal Research Foundation, Johnson & Johnson Vision, Lighthouse Guild, National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness, NORC at the University of Chicago, Regeneron, Shire and Vision Impact Institute.  Silver sponsors were 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, Thrombogenics and Vision 2020 USA.

As part of the Summit, the 2018 Jenny Pomeroy Award for Excellence in Vision and Public Health was presented to the Johns Hopkins University School-Based Eye Care Team.  The team was selected for the award for their work investigating and addressing vision-related problems in high-poverty schools. The Award is presented annually to an individual, team, 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.

NEI Award

In addition, Prevent Blindness presented awards to Congressional Vision Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Gene Green (TX) and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL), in recognition of their years of dedicated service to improve vision health and protect sight.

Gene Green (TX)

“On behalf of all of us at Prevent Blindness, I want to sincerely thank all of our Summit sponsors, speakers and attendees for their part in making this year’s event another tremendous success,” said Jeff Todd, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness. “The Focus on Eye Health National Summit continues to be a key venue for all of those committed to improving eye health systems, including standardizing approaches and addressing issues such as access to quality vision care, and much more.  We hope all of our participants will take what was shared at our event and use this information to collaborate and further advance sight-saving programs.”

For more information about the 2018 Prevent Blindness Focus on Eye Health National Summit, please visit or call (800) 331-2020.

PDF copies of all the presentations as well as a link to the webcast are now available at

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