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Columbus, OH (July 12, 2012)-Ohio’s Aging Eye Public Private Partnership, Prevent Blindness Ohio and the University of Cincinnati Department of Ophthalmology sponsored an Aging Eye Summit: Focus on Glaucoma at The Vontz Center for Molecular Studies on the University of Cincinnati campus on June 12, 2012.


Over 100 public health, rehabilitation, and aging network professionals, as well as vision researchers, clinicians, patients, and government leaders learned about glaucoma from both a clinical and current research perspective. The ultimate goal was to raise awareness among key stakeholders and decision-makers about the scope and impact of glaucoma in Ohio and develop collaborations to meet the increased demands for medical, public health, social service, rehabilitation, and long-term care and government services to support Ohioans who have glaucoma.


Glaucoma is a group of diseases that can damage the eye's optic nerve resulting in vision loss and blindness. Glaucoma occurs when the normal fluid pressure inside the eyes slowly rises. With early treatment, you can often protect your eyes against serious vision loss. There are two major categories “open angle” and “closed angle” glaucoma. Open angle, is a chronic condition that progresses slowly over long period of time without the person noticing vision loss until the disease is very advanced, that is why it is called “the sneak thief of sight". Angle closure can appear suddenly and is painful. Visual loss can progress quickly; however, the pain and discomfort often leads patients to seek medical attention before permanent damage occurs.


Speakers included clinicians, vision researchers, social service and government organizations as well as people suffering from glaucoma.


For more information on glaucoma and other eye disease, please contact Prevent Blindness Ohio at 800-301-2020 or visit


Planning Committee Members: Stephanie Koscher, Prevent Blindness Ohio;

Katia Del Rio-Tsonis, PhD, Miami University; and Winston Kao, PhD, University

of Cincinnati Department of Ophthalmology.



Participants view the “Overview of Glaucoma” presentation

given by Alan Zalta, MD, Cincinnati Eye Institute, in 3-D.


The University of Cincinnati Ophthalmology Department:The Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine is the preeminent ophthalmic teaching and research center in the tristate region (southwestern Ohio, northern Kentucky, southeast Indiana). The expertise of our faculty over the entire spectrum of ophthalmic subspecialties makes our Department the regional center of choice of patients, health care providers, and payers for ophthalmic subspecialty care. Our faculty members have diverse research interests, and their clinical and basic science investigations regularly yield findings and observations that advance the science and art of ophthalmology and lead to improved patient care. Several of our faculty members are world-renowned experts in their subspecialty areas who are frequently invited to lecture to national and international audiences. Our areas of particular expertise include cataract and anterior segment surgery, limbal stem cell transplantation surgery, oculoplastic surgery, and ocular oncology.


Ohio’s Aging Eye Public Private Partnership(AEPPP) is a statewide collaboration that addresses the growth 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 impact the quality of life for Ohio's seniors now and in the future.


About Prevent Blindness Ohio

Prevent Blindness Ohio, founded in 1957, is Ohio’s leading volunteer nonprofit public health organization dedicated to prevent blindness and preserve sight. We serve all 88 Ohio counties, providing direct services to more than 800,000 Ohioans annually and educating millions of consumers about what they can do to protect and preserve their precious gift of sight. Prevent Blindness Ohio is an affiliate of Prevent Blindness America, the country’s second-oldest national voluntary health organization. For more information or to make a donation call 800-301-2020 or visit us on the web at