February 2021

World Glaucoma Week (March 7th – 13th 2021)

Glaucoma UK will be providing a programme of digital glaucoma support groups and other activities that will take place during World Glaucoma Week (WGW) this March. More details can be found below.

A new page on their website about glaucoma self-care https://glaucoma.uk/care-support/glaucoma-self-care/.

A new podcast will be launching on their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/glaucomauk/.

The following is a list of support groups taking place during WGM week. You must register to join the online webinars. If you do not have access to the internet, there is further details available on the links to dial in by telephone.

8th March (3pm) – My experience of glaucoma surgery

2 patients who have had glaucoma surgery (a trabeculectomy and a shunt) will talk about their experience and answer questions. Link to register https://glaucoma.uk/events/my-experience-of-glaucoma-surgery-digital-glaucoma-support-group/.

9th March (1:30pm) – My experience of taking part in glaucoma research

Mark Wagstaff who took part in glaucoma research into visual field monitoring. Link to register https://glaucoma.uk/events/my-experience-of-taking-part-in-glaucoma-research-digital-glaucoma-support-group/.

11th March (7pm) – Who can help with my glaucoma: What support is available between appointments?

Glaucoma UK will be joined by 2 Eye Clinic Liaison Officers (ECLO’s). As well as glaucoma specific support, they will be discussing vision loss and the many services available to support you if this occurs. Link to register https://glaucoma.uk/events/who-can-help-with-my-glaucoma-what-support-is-available-between-appointments-digital-glaucoma-support-group/.

12th March (6pm) – Glaucoma self-care; how I look after my eyes

A former Glaucoma UK trustee will talk about his life with glaucoma for over 30 years, including learning how to be a pilot! Then he’ll open the floor to you to share your hints, tips and frustrations of living with glaucoma. Link to register https://glaucoma.uk/events/glaucoma-self-care-how-i-look-after-my-eyes-digital-glaucoma-support-group/

19th March (3pm) – Glaucoma and Eye Drops

Angela James, Ophthalmic Pharmacist with NHS Lothian will talk all things eye drops! Great presentation for anyone struggling with drops or needs advice. Link to register https://glaucoma.uk/events/glaucoma-and-eye-drops-digital-glaucoma-support-group/

Into the spring, Glaucoma UK will continue with talks on looking after your eyes during Ramadan, SLT and Pseudoexfoliation Glaucoma. To keep up to date on all their talks and services, keep an eye on their website https://glaucoma.uk/