Miami Valley Prevent Blindness People of Vision Celebration Features Keynote Speaker Dr. Luxme Hariharan, Recognizes El Puente


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Prevent Blindness People of Vision Celebration Features Keynote Speaker Dr. Luxme Hariharan, Recognizes El Puente

April 2, 2024 (Dayton, OH) – Prevent Blindness Ohio (PBO) featured keynote speaker, Luxme Hariharan, MD, MPH, (“Dr. Lux”) Chief of Ophthalmology and Chief Population Health Officer at Dayton Children’s Hospital at its People of Vision luncheon event at the Sinclair Conference Center in Dayton.

Since 1985, Prevent Blindness Ohio has recognized and awarded select organizations and their leaders for outstanding leadership and community service. The annual event has recently evolved into the People of Vision Celebration, where community visionaries are invited to share with guests their personal journey in establishing a vision for their community and seeing it through to fruition. The People of Vision event has become one of the Miami Valley’s premier charitable events in support of PBO and its mission to prevent blindness and preserve sight.

Dr. Lux shared her life and career passion of creating and scaling effective programs & policies to prevent, diagnose and clinically and surgically treat childhood vision disorders both locally and abroad.  She emphasized the importance of every child having early access to vision care and treatment. “We need to put the ‘care’ back in children’s eye care,” she said.

At the luncheon, PBO also took the opportunity to present its Community Partner in Vision Award to El Puente, for their partnership with PBO and their critical role in bringing vision care to medically underserved areas in the Miami Valley.

“PBO was proud to feature Dr. Lux and share information about her fantastic work with Dayton Children’s Hospital to eliminate childhood blindness and to recognize El Puente for its partnership with PBO,” Amy Pulles, President and CEO of Prevent Blindness Ohio, stated. “Half of all blindness is preventable, and the number of individuals who are blind or visually impaired is expected continue to grow exponentially if nothing is done to address the problem. Furthermore, it is estimated that the economic impact of visual disorders and disabilities costs approximately $6.1 billion annually in Ohio,” she explained.

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