Blog News 31 May 2023

Daily living: looking through a different lens

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This article was originally written by one of our members, Jo Knight, for Insight magazine. After being diagnosed with glaucoma 10 years ago, not only did my view of the world change, literally, but the way I worked in the world changed. Suddenly, there were things I could no longer do. However, by adapting, there […]

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Blog 31 May 2023

Charles Bonnet Syndrome: what is it and what help is out there?

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This article was originally written for Insight magazine by Judith Potts, Founder of Esme’s Umbrella. Have you ever come across Charles Bonnet Syndrome (CBS) in your favourite TV show? While it may be a new concept to many, it is a real and distressing condition that affects individuals with deteriorating eyesight. A Glaucoma UK member reached […]

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Blog News 2 May 2023

How has the cost of living crisis impacted eye health? Poll reveals harsh reality

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This article was originally written by Rachel Nunn for Insight magazine. The Association of Optometrists (AOP) is warning that eye health in the UK is under threat due to the cost of living crisis. Many people are being forced to choose between spending money on their sight or feeding their children and, eye health is becoming […]

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Blog 30 March 2023

Listen to our Ramadan 2023 podcast

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Almost half of Muslims worry that using eye drops can break their fast, especially when excess drops drain away down the back of the throat. However, most scholars agree that drops do not break the fast. It’s crucial to continue to use eye drops if you’ve been prescribed them to control your eye pressure – […]

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Blog 30 March 2023

Listen to our World Glaucoma Week podcast

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In World Glaucoma Week 2023 (12-18 March), we highlighted factors that can put you at an increased risk of glaucoma. It’s important for everyone to attend a routine eye test once every two years unless you’ve been told otherwise by a doctor, but it’s especially important for anyone who is more likely to develop glaucoma. […]

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Blog 16 March 2023

Bigger and better subtitles: it can be done but why is it so difficult?

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This article is an opinion piece written by one of our members, Dr Colin J Smith, for Insight magazine. I wonder how many people with glaucoma also have severe hearing loss? If they do, like me they will need subtitles to enjoy television but because of our visual problems, they will struggle to read normal […]

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Blog 8 March 2023

World Glaucoma Week 2023: What is your glaucoma risk?

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World Glaucoma Week runs from 12-18 March 2023 and this year we want everyone to take charge of their personal glaucoma risk. All of us should attend an eye test every two years, unless told otherwise by a medical professional, because glaucoma can be symptomless, and you can lose up to 40% of your sight […]

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Nishani conquers Everest in the Alps Challenge

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Nishani Amerasinghe completed the Everest in the Alps challenge, raising over £18,000 for Glaucoma UK so far! As a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon and Glaucoma Specialist at University Hospital Southampton, Nishani regularly sees the impact glaucoma can have on people. She’s also witnessed it in her own family, with her father having lived with the disease […]

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Blog Research 29 November 2022

Visual field testing using a virtual reality headset

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This article was originally written for Insight magazine by Jenny Bosten, University of Sussex, and Ruth Hogg, Queen’s University Belfast. Previous research studies involving interviews with patients about their experiences of glaucoma monitoring highlighted a general dislike for the visual field test. Many patients find it long, old fashioned and tiring. Commercially available virtual reality […]

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Blog Treatment 8 November 2022

Blepharitis and the mites that live on your eyelids

Demodex mite

This article was written by Liz Ball and David Lunt, and originally published in Insight magazine.  “There are mites living on your face, they can poop and cause conditions like blepharitis”, or so recent media reports claim. It’s a bit of a revolting thought, especially considering that mites are related to spiders. But is it […]

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