With ‘Old Year’s Night’ fast approaching (as my mother insists on calling it…), this seems a good time to reflect on the many highlights of the last 12 months here at Glaucoma UK. To my mind, the greatest highlight of all has been the enormous warmth and generosity you have shown in supporting our charity. Everything we do is made possible by your help and kindness, whether that be making a donation, running a marathon, playing our lottery, naming us in your will, attending one of our events, giving us feedback, providing us with case studies… it’s a very long and humbling list. We just hope you know how very grateful we are.
Although some aspects of life are now back to normal after the COVID-19 disruption of the last few years, we know that many of you are still living with the realities of treatment delays and difficulty accessing glaucoma services. We hope our helpline continues to be a source of help and reassurance, along with our digital glaucoma support groups and face-to-face sessions. It has been wonderful to see the continuing growth of the HealthUnlocked online forum too – a useful space for sharing experiences with others who are living with glaucoma.
Our work to fund glaucoma research has been another highlight of the year, with new projects currently underway in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Through a range of exciting studies, our funded researchers will be moving us ever closer to our vision of an end to preventable sight loss from glaucoma.
You will, of course, have your own reflections on the highlights of 2022. Despite the sadness we all feel at world and economic events, I hope the past year has been kind to you and yours. I also hope that New Year’s Eve (as I prefer to call it!) heralds a 2023 full of peace, health and happiness for you all.