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Read our latest news including recent updates about our organisation and sight saving research, as well as stories where people living with glaucoma share their thoughts and experiences.

News 18 February 2022

Can technology improve adherence to glaucoma medication?

Deborah Bott

Deborah Bott, a PhD Researcher at City, University of London, is planning to investigate how technology can be used to aid glaucoma medication adherence. Deborah is an optometrist with experience working in glaucoma clinics and regularly witnesses the difficulties patients have using their eye drops correctly. Funded by a College of Optometrists Scholarship, Deborah will […]

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Blog 11 February 2022

New report details the impact of the pandemic on Britain’s vision

A woman wearing a mask is having her eyes examined

The pandemic disrupted many different aspects of our lives, including our health. Now, a new report has shown that 4.3 million people missed their eye test in 2020. ‘The State of the UK’s Eye Health 2021’ report by Specsavers (commissioned by Deloitte Access Economics) paints an unhappy picture of the impact COVID-19 has had on […]

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Blog 7 February 2022

Glaucoma treatment through time: a guide for flappers and hippies

An historic poster about glaucoma next to an old bottle of eye drops

For anyone with glaucoma today, the range of different treatments can be bewildering. Depending on the stage and type of your glaucoma, and your personal preferences, you might be offered multiple eye drops, laser treatments or surgeries. You will also experience a lot of tests at glaucoma appointments, which aim to identify how your glaucoma […]

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News 4 February 2022

Would you like to support research into the diagnosis of angle closure glaucoma?

A woman with grey hair is smiling

If you have angle closure glaucoma or narrow angles, you could take part in research to help develop new diagnostic tests. We’re helping recruit patients to form a small PPI (patient and public involvement) group of 4-6 people to support research into diagnostic tests for angle closure glaucoma. This study is called ‘Glaucoma ACE’ and […]

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Blog 2 February 2022

What is an exosome and why does it matter for glaucoma treatment?

Dr Ben Mead sitting at his research desk

In August this year, our new £100,000 PhD grant was awarded to Dr Ben Mead, a lecturer and researcher at Cardiff University’s School of Optometry and Vision Sciences. Ben will use the grant to recruit a PhD student to research exosomes as a therapy for glaucoma.   Ben’s PhD project developed out of his previous […]

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Blog 25 January 2022

Help us improve volunteering at Glaucoma UK by taking our survey

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If you’ve donated your time to us in the last three years, you can help us by taking our 10-minute survey. Whether you’ve shared your story with us, given us feedback on our documents, responded to our consultations or become a buddy and spoken to others about your experiences of surgery, then we would be […]

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News 24 January 2022

Bionic implant enables UK patient to pick up signals in blind eye

An elderly woman wearing glasses linking to a bionic implant receives attention from a woman wearing a surgical mask

A patient has been able to detect signals in her blind left eye thanks to a revolutionary new implant. She became the first UK patient to receive this new device as part of a Europe-wide clinical trial. The news offers hope of partially restored vision for people with geographic atrophy (GA), the most common form […]

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Blog 24 December 2021

An end of year message from our Chief Executive

Karen Osborn smiles at the camera, she's stood against a purple wall wearing a yellow jacket

As 2021 comes to an end, I want to take a moment to say a heartfelt thank you for your kindness and support during the last, not always easy, year. Whether you’ve played our weekly lottery, shared your own experiences of living with glaucoma, left us a gift in your will or taken part in […]

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News 22 December 2021

Glaucoma UK Christmas closure 2021

Glaucoma UK staff will be taking a short break over the festive period, and our offices will be closed from 12:00pm on Wednesday 22 December 2021 until 09:30am on Tuesday 4 January 2022. If you need support during this time, our website holds many resources that you may find helpful, including our information booklets and […]

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News 25 November 2021

Moorfields patient receives world’s first 3D printed eye

Steve Verze, world's first 3D printed prosthetic eye

A patient at the Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has today become the first person in the world to be supplied solely with a fully digital 3D printed prosthetic eye. Steve Verze (pictured), an engineer in his 40s from Hackney, is the first to take a fully digital artificial eye home with him. Following […]

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