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News 27 January 2015

National Glaucoma Awareness Week 2015: are you safe to drive?

27 January 2015 This year’s National Glaucoma Awareness Week will take place on the 8 – 14 June 2015. The focus will be on driving and encouraging people to have regular eye health checks to ensure that they are safe to drive. It is only with regular eye health checks through a local optometrist, that […]

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News 19 December 2014

The Lancet: Most commonly prescribed glaucoma drug reduces risk of vision loss by more than 50 per cent over 2 years

19 December 2014 Prostaglandin analogue eye drops, the most commonly prescribed treatment for glaucoma, can greatly reduce risk of vision loss in people with open angle glaucoma (OAG), one of the leading causes of blindness, according to the first placebo-controlled trial to assess their vision-preserving effect published in The Lancet. “Medication to lower raised eye pressure […]

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News 10 December 2014

European Coalition for Vision calls for more harmonized data collected at EU level

10 December 2014 European Coalition for Vision (ECV) regrets the lack of data on vision impairment in Europe and calls for more harmonized data collected at EU level to provide better policy advice to decision-makers. Vision is a vital part of the health dimension that is too often neglected. ECV’s objective is promote a EU […]

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News 26 November 2014

Visual component of UK driving test needs modernising

26 November 2014 Researchers from City University London have found that the visual component of the UK driving test is outdated. Using the latest technology, the study – which is published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology – shows that the current test used to assess fitness to drive is likely not assessing the right areas of […]

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News 21 November 2014

Home/News New Driving and Glaucoma leaflet available

21 November 2014 The new Driving and glaucoma leaflet is now available, free of charge from the IGA. The leaflet includes information on when to report glaucoma to the DVLA, the tests that the DVLA will ask the applicant to take, what to expect from the tests and from the testing optometrist (optician). Additional information […]

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News 20 November 2014

How watching TV can help to detect glaucoma

20 November 2014 Professor David Crabb of City of London University explains on the BBC World Service, how research has used eye tracking software coupled with popular TV, to detect glaucoma. The research is fascinating and shows how advances in technology, investment in eye tracking software, can be used to both help and provide possible options for ongoing management […]

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News 21 October 2014

Bono helps to raise awareness of glaucoma

21 October 2014 The recent announcement by U2 lead singer Bono having had glaucoma for the last 20 years, has helped to raise national and international awareness of the sight loss condition. Whilst it is estimated that there are 600,000 people with glaucoma in the UK today, about half of these are undiagnosed. Widespread national […]

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News 9 October 2014

World Sight Day 2014

BRUSSELS, 09.10.2014 On the occasion of World Sight Day, the European Coalition for Vision (ECV) set an ambitious objective to leverage vision and eye health at European level. World Sight Day is a global event that focuses on bringing attention on blindness and vision impairment. It is observed worldwide on the second Thursday of October […]

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News 3 October 2014

New Sight loss guide for general practitioners

3 October 2014 Comments Russell Young, CEO of the IGA on the launch of the new Sight loss in older people guide for general practitioners: “It is estimated there are 600,000 people with glaucoma in the UK, but half remain undetected, GPs can play a vital role in helping to identify people with an increased risk […]

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News 1 October 2014

Survey reveals GPs not confident in detecting eye conditions

1 October 2014 A new survey produced by UK Vision Strategy and the Royal College of General Practitioners, reveals that GPs in the UK are not confident in detecting early signs of major eye disease. When asked about diagnosing glaucoma, over half (51 per cent) said that they would not be confident. For full information […]

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