Meeting other people with glaucoma is a great way of sharing information and experiences. Support groups are also attended by health care professionals, so you’ll have an opportunity to speak with them in a relaxed atmosphere and ask the questions that matter most to you. Every group is different, but many also have guest speakers, run social events and arrange fundraising activities.
Please be aware that due to current COVID-19 restrictions, our face-to-face meetings have been postponed. We’re now running regular Digital Glaucoma Support Group sessions via Zoom. A wide range of speakers, including eye care professionals and people with glaucoma, will offer their expertise, giving you the best advice to help you live well with glaucoma and understand the disease. You will also have the opportunity to ask them any questions you might have. Scroll down to find out more about our upcoming sessions.
Our digital glaucoma support groups provide a source of information, advice and support. We organised a series of support groups on a range of topics throughout lockdown. You can watch the recording of these sessions below.
Our digital support groups are brand new. We would be very interested to hear your feedback and ideas for future sessions.
Glaucoma Support Group: Childhood glaucoma: a parent’s guide
Our session ‘Childhood glaucoma: a parent’s guide’ on 29 June 2021. We were joined by Mr Joe Abbott, Consultant Paediatric Ophthalmic Surgeon at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
Glaucoma Support Group: Who can help with my glaucoma?
Our session ‘Who can help with my glaucoma?’ was recorded on Thursday 11 March 2021. We were joined by Jo Fishwick and Alice Elliott, Eye Clinic Liaison Officers (ELCOS) .
Glaucoma Support Group: Glaucoma and Eye Drops (In Urdu)
Our session ‘Glaucoma and Eye Drops’ was recorded in Urdu on Wednesday 5 May 2021. We were joined by Nizz Sabir, an Independent Optometrist based in South Yorkshire.
Glaucoma Support Group: Glaucoma research
Our session ‘Glaucoma research’ was recorded on Thursday 28 January 2021. We were joined by Dr Andrew Tatham, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at NHS Lothian.
Glaucoma Support Group: Living well with glaucoma
Our session ‘Living with glaucoma’ was recorded on Tuesday 11 May 2021. We were joined by Owen Williams from the Wales Council of the Blind and Rachel Hilton from the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital.
Glaucoma Support Group: Glaucoma and Eye Drops
Our session ‘Glaucoma and Eye Drops’ was recorded on Friday 19 March 2021. We were joined by Ms Angela James, Ophthalmic Pharmacist at NHS Lothian.
Glaucoma Support Group: Looking after your eyes during Ramadan
Our session ‘Looking after your eyes during Ramadan’ was recorded in April 2021. We were joined by Sally Ameen, consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at London’s Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.
Glaucoma Support Group: Glaucoma Surgery
This support group was held on Wednesday 13 January. We were joined by Mr David Lunt, Consultant Ophthalmologist at South Tees Hospitals, who spoke about the different types of glaucoma surgery.
Glaucoma Support Group: How to get the most out of your appointment
This support group was held on Wednesday 16 December 2020. Our speaker was Mr Mike Smith, Glaucoma Specialist from the Royal and Exeter Foundation Trust, who talked about communication in the glaucoma clinic.
Glaucoma Support Group: Dry eye disease
This support group was held on Wednesday 4 November 2020. We were joined by Mr David Lunt, Consultant Ophthalmologist at South Tees Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, who spoke about Dry Eye Disease.
Glaucoma Support Group: Glaucoma eye tests – How they work and what they tell us
This support group was held on Tuesday 17 November 2020. Our speaker was Lisa Cowan, Hospital Optometrist and Senior Specialist Glaucoma Lead for NHS Education Scotland, who talked about glaucoma eye tests.
Glaucoma Support Group: How COVID-19 is changing eye care
The glaucoma journey and how COVID-19 is changing eye care, was held on the 29th of July Mr Nick Strouthidis, consultant ophthalmologist and director of medical services at Moorfields Eye Hospital.
Glaucoma Support Group: Glaucoma for the newly diagnosed
This support group, Glaucoma for the Newly Diagnosed, was held on the 16th of July, with Dr Hari Jayaram from Moorfields Eye Hospital in London. You can watch it below.
Glaucoma Support Group: Glaucoma and eye drops
This support group was held on the 22 July 2020 with Dr Laura Crawley who spoke and answered questions from those who had signed up to attend.
Glaucoma Support Group: Driving and glaucoma
This support group, Driving and glaucoma, was held on the 04 August 2020 with Jonathan Clarke of Moorfields Eye Hospital, member of DVLA driver’s medical panel for vision.
Glaucoma Support Group: My Glaucoma is Getting Worse – What Might Happen?
Our support group ‘My Glaucoma is Getting Worse – What Might Happen?’ , was held on Tuesday 11 August 2020 with Mr Pankaj Agarwal of Princess Alexandra Eye Pavilion, Edinburgh.
Glaucoma Support Group: How does glaucoma ‘look’ and what’s Kate Moss got to do with it?
Our session ‘How does glaucoma ‘look’ and what’s Kate Moss got to do with it?’ on June 3 2021. We were joined by Professor David Crabb, Professor of Statistics and Vision Research at City University London.
I wish I had attended the group years ago, so thank you very much for inviting me along.
I immensely enjoyed the meeting. It was a lovely blend of new research information and practical, helpful tips for improving my glaucoma self-care.
I’m now looking forward to my next medical consultation where I can discuss my glaucoma with greater confidence.
For more information or to find your local support group, use the search tool (coming soon!), call our helpline on 01233 64 81 70 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re open 9.30am – 5.00pm on weekdays.
We hope to see you at a support group soon!
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