A tale of two sisters

Six-year-old Scarlett has raised an incredible £610 for Glaucoma UK in aid of her sister Eleira, who was diagnosed with glaucoma at six months old.

Scarlett and Eleira

She had to travel to London to have her operation because doctors couldn’t do it here. I wanted to help the charity so that one day maybe these operations can be done up here. Thank you for helping me help them!

Six-year-old Scarlett from Aberdeen has raised an incredible £610 for Glaucoma UK. Scarlett did a sponsored three-hour trampoline jump in aid of her sister Eleira, who was diagnosed with glaucoma at six months old. “I jumped for three hours straight – that’s one hour for each day Eleira had to be away for her operation. She had to travel to London to have her operation because doctors couldn’t do it here. I wanted to help the charity so that one day maybe these operations can be done up here. Thank you for helping me help them!”

Eleira was born with a cataract and had surgery to remove it at just seven weeks old. At the start of the COVID-19 lockdown in March, Eleira had an appointment for an eye ulcer and the doctor suspected she had developed glaucoma. Her diagnosis was confirmed in the summer, and the family was told they would need to travel to London for a trabeculectomy. Eleira was nine months old when she had the procedure, which thankfully was a success. Her pressure has stayed down and her drops have also been reduced. Eleira’s family knows glaucoma is a lifelong condition and that the need for drops in the future is likely, but they are happy with the improvement the trabeculectomy has made so far.

 

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Scarlett completes sponsored trampoline jump (0:46)

There are many ways you can help change the outlook for people with glaucoma.  Whether you undertake a personal challenge like Scarlett did, or just want to have some fun with friends and family, your activities will make a difference and save sight. To find out more or to download our fundraising pack, visit our Fundraising page or email fundraising@glaucoma.uk to let us know your ideas.  Whatever you do, we’ll be cheering you on every step of the way.

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