Are you worried about your glaucoma? Concerned about a cancelled or delayed appointment? Or do you just want to understand it a little better? Want to hear from some experts and have a chance to ask your questions? We know this is a really scary time for many people, and we want to provide you with the support and advice you need.
We are running a series of digital glaucoma support groups. Like a traditional support group, which unfortunately have been cancelled due to COVID-19, there will be a talk by a glaucoma expert and a Glaucoma UK staff member and an opportunity to ask questions.
|9 July||Glaucoma for the newly diagnosed|
|16 July||Glaucoma for the newly diagnosed|
|22 July||Glaucoma and eye drops|
|29 July||The glaucoma journey and how COVID-19 is changing eye care|
|4 August||Driving and glaucoma|
|11 August||My glaucoma is getting worse: what might happen?|
You will need to register for each talk, but this can be done right up until the start time of each webinar. For more information, and to register, click on the talk title above. You are welcome to join as many sessions as you like.
These sessions are new for us, and we’re really excited to be running them. We hope they’re helpful, but would love to how we can make them better. We are also planning more sessions for the future. If you have suggestions for topics or speakers, please send them to Joanna Bradley on email@example.com.
Each session will also be streamed Live on our Facebook page and available there afterwards, in case you can’t attend.
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With Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland already living under nation-specific lockdown levels, England will be entering a nation-wide lockdown from Thursday 5 November. We have received many calls from people living with glaucoma who are concerned that their treatment and upcoming procedures may be disrupted or cancelled during this time.
In response to these concerns, we have reached out to a number of glaucoma consultants for their feedback. They anticipate that appointments will continue, however should hospital admissions for coronavirus rapidly increase then ophthalmology staff may be redeployed to the COVID-19 wards. These will be junior staff in a first instance, to allow consultants to continue seeing their patients and proceed with any upcoming surgeries.
The intention is still to provide a level of service where possible, therefore if you have been told that you have an appointment, this will hopefully still stand. But should COVID-19 numbers rise sharply, there is a possibility that some appointments and surgeries may be cancelled due to more ophthalmology staff being needed on the COVID-19 wards.
As per the first lockdown, individuals will be assessed and priority given to urgent cases.
If you have any concerns or need advice, particularly during these uncertain times, our glaucoma helpline team are always here to support you. You can reach them on 01233 64 81 70 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Lines are open Monday to Friday, 9:30am to 5:00pm.Read More