Aging Eye Summit: Today’s Treatments -Tomorrow’s Hope

Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Time: 9:00 am Registration ~9:30 am Program ~3:00 pm Close

Location: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Wolstein Research Building, 1413 Auditorium, 2103 Cornell Rd., Cleveland, OH, 44106-3860

For: Aging Network Professionals, Bio-Tech Industry, Caregivers, Clinicians and Eye Care Professionals, Government Leaders, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Patients, Public Health Professionals, Rehabilitation Professionals, Research Scientists, Senior Care Providers, Social Workers, Student and others interested in vision related issues.

Please note seating is limited to the first 130 registrants. Registration, including lunch, is complimentary.

The Need: 

Goal: To curb the growth of vision loss due to aging eye diseases in Ohio 


  • Promote early detection and treatment through public and professional education, resource development and distribution and incorporation of eye disease prevention messages in existing public and patient education programs.

  • Raise awareness among key stakeholders and decision-makers about the scope and impact of aging eye diseases in Ohio and develop collaborations to meet the increased demands for medical, public health, social service, rehabilitation, long-term care and government services to support the more than 2,284,813 Ohioans now affected by aging eye diseases.

  • Foster vision research in Ohio and Ohio vision research collaborations that seek the causes of and cures for sight-robbing eye diseases i.e. glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and cataract

  • Build partnerships and collaborations among key stakeholders and decision-makers that will share the challenges of caring for the vision needs of Ohio’s aging population.

Planning Committee: 

Heithem El-Hodiri, PhD, (Chair)-The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Jonathan Lass, MD; Nancy Vitale; Eric Pearlman, PhD and Jonathan Volpe, MBA-Case Western Reserve University Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences; University Hospitals Eye Institute
Andrew Hartwick, OD, PhD-The Ohio State University College of Optometry
Deborah M. Grzybowski, PhD-The Ohio State University
Rafat R. Ansari, PhD-NASA Glenn Research Center
Marcus J. Molea-Ohio Department of Aging
Neema Mayhugh, PhD-Cole Eye Institute
Ellen Papidimoulis-Louis Stokes, Cleveland VA Medical Center
Joel Zureick and Debi Welsby-Cleveland Sight Center
Darcy Downie, Sherry Williams, Stephanie Koscher, and Laura Schwartz, Prevent Blindness Ohio.


The Aging Eye: Today’s Treatment-Tomorrow’s Hope is presented by: Ohio’s Aging Eye Public Private Partnership, Prevent Blindness Ohio and is hosted by Case Western Reserve University Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences; University Hospitals Eye Institute.