4 March 2015
Next week marks the beginning of World Glaucoma Week (8 – 14 March), where countries around the world raise awareness of the importance of regular eye health checks.
The International Glaucoma Association will be highlighting the importance of regular eye health checks for people who are at an increased risk of glaucoma. Comments Russell Young, CEO of IGA:
“With an estimated 300,000 people living with undetected glaucoma in the UK today, it is vital that more is done to reach groups who are at greater risk of glaucoma. This includes anyone over the age of 40, close blood relatives of people with glaucoma and African Caribbeans.” We are working with optometrists around the country to reinforce this message.
Members of the IGA will also find out more about research that the IGA is funding via the AGM which is being held on Friday 13 March at The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining in London. Keynote presenters include Dr Paul Foster who heads up the UK BioBank Project and the Glaucoma Data Analysis Research Project; and Mr Ananth Viswanathan, who is the Chairman of the Honorary Medical Advisory Panel to the UK Secretary of State on Visual Disorders and Driving, and Consultant Surgeon at Moorfields.
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 email@example.com. Lines are open Monday to Friday, 9:30am to 5:00pm.Read More