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Prevent Blindness Holds 8th Annual Focus on Eye Health National Summit

It included presentations and discussions on the theme of ‘A Lifetime of Vision.’




Prevent Blindness Holds 8th Annual Focus on Eye Health National Summit

JP awardee, Cynthia Owsley

(PRESS RELEASE) CHICAGO — Prevent Blindness, the nation’s oldest volunteer eye health and safety organization, held the 8th annual Focus on Eye Health National Summit on July 17 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. The 2019 Summit included a variety of presentations and discussions related to this year’s theme, “A Lifetime of Vision.” Bill Barkeley, a visually impaired adventurer, advocate and author served as the keynote speaker for the Summit.

PDF copies of all the presentations are now available at The webcast video recording is available to view at

Gold sponsors of the event included the Center for Vision and Population Health at Prevent Blindness, Genentech, Horizon Therapeutics, International Retinal Research Foundation, Lighthouse Guild, National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness, NORC at the University of Chicago, Novartis, Regeneron, Takeda, The EyeSight Foundation of Alabama, UAB Callahan Eye Hospital and Clinics and UAB Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences.

Silver sponsors included Allergan, Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (AEVR), American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Optometric Association, Association for Research in Vision & Ophthalmology, Bausch Foundation, BrightFocus Foundation, CooperVision, Foundation Fighting Blindness, Lions Clubs International, Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, OneSight, Research to Prevent Blindness, Seva Foundation, Vision 2020 USA, Vision Impact Institute and VisionServe Alliance.

At the conclusion of the summit, the 2019 Jenny Pomeroy Award for Excellence in Vision and Public Health was presented to Cynthia Owsley, PhD, MSPH, Nathan E. Miles Chair of Ophthalmology, and Director of the Clinical Research Unit at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Medicine, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. The award recognizes 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.


“Every year, the Focus on Eye Health National Summit brings together leaders in the fields of public health, research, and vision care, along with patients, to learn and collaborate on emerging strategies to save sight. We thank everyone who participated at the event and those who joined us via our webcast,” said Jeff Todd, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness. “A special thank you to all of our generous sponsors who make this event possible and help us to grow our audience every year!”

For more information about the 2019 Prevent Blindness Focus on Eye Health National Summit, visit or call (800) 331-2020.


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