Aging Eye Summit: Our Bodies-Our Vision to Focus on Eye Diseases Related to Diabetes and Autoimmune Disorders


For more information contact:

Laura L. Schwartz

Prevent Blindness, Ohio Affiliate

[email protected]

800-301-2020 ext. 112


COLUMBUS (May 9, 2019) The Aging Eye Summit: Our Bodies-Our Vision will take place on Thursday, June 6, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at The NEW Center at Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) in Rootstown, Ohio. The Summit will focus on promoting understanding, early detection, and treatment of eye diseases related to diabetes and other autoimmune disorders.

The Aging Eye Summit, which is open to the public, is targeted to public health and rehabilitation professionals, patients, aging network  professionals, clinicians, researchers, social workers, students, bioscience funders and government leaders.

In 2015, 11 percent of Ohio adults reported being told by a healthcare professional that they have diabetes. The prevalence of diabetes increases as age increases. With the growth of the aging population and as the rates of diabetes cases grow across the country, so do the projected rates of diabetic eye diseases including diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, and cataract.

Keynote speaker Dr. Joseph Coney with Retina Associates of Cleveland and

current President of the Ohio Ophthalmological Society, will address Vision Problems Associated with Diabetes and Autoimmune Disorders.

Additional Topics Include:

  • Neurodegenerative Diseases and Aging Research at NEOMED
  • Resources Available from the Bureau of Services for the Visually Impaired, Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities
  • Vision Loss and Co-Morbidities
  •  A Medications Management and Innovations Roundtable
  • Wellness, Nutrition and Exercise Related to Diabetes and Autoimmunity

Registration is complimentary, but pre-registration is required. Continuing education units will be available for a variety of professions. To register and for more information about the Aging Eye Summit: Our Bodies-Our Vision visit

Ohio’s Aging Eye Public Private Partnership (AEPPP) is a statewide collaboration that addresses the growth of aging eye challenges in Ohio. The mission of the AEPPP, an initiative supported by the Ohio Department of Aging, is to develop a strategic plan of action to address issues relating to vision care public policy, vision care services, vision education, and vision research that affect the quality of life for Ohio’s seniors now and in the future.

About Prevent Blindness 

Founded in 1908, Prevent Blindness is the nation’s leading volunteer eye health and safety organization dedicated to fighting blindness and saving sight. The Ohio Affiliate of Prevent Blindness is Ohio’s leading volunteer nonprofit public health organization dedicated to preventing blindness and preserving sight. We serve all 88 Ohio counties, providing direct services to more than 1 million Ohioans annually and educating millions of consumers about what they can do to protect and preserve their precious gift of sight. For more information or to make a contribution, call 800-301-2020.Or, visit us on the web at or

About Northeast Ohio Medical University

For more than 40 years, Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) has worked in collaboration with its educational, clinical and research partners to successfully train health professionals and medical researchers who serve and impact the region and beyond. The University trains students in a team-based, interprofessional environment and offers Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) and Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degrees, in addition to master’s and doctoral degrees and research opportunities in other medical areas.