Welcome to the UK and Éire Glaucoma Society website.

UK and Éire Glaucoma Society

UK and Éire Glaucoma Society (UKEGS) is a non-profit national scientific society, and part of Glaucoma UK, which aims to:

  • Establish personal contacts and to promote the exchange of knowledge between glaucoma specialists and those involved in the management and care of glaucoma patients in the UK and Éire.
  • Stimulate glaucoma research by bringing together scientists and clinicians involved in glaucoma research, thereby establishing a scientific community with similar interests/aims and building a sense of comradeship and active co-operation.
  • Promote an interest in glaucoma as a sub-speciality in trainee ophthalmologists and those in related occupations.
  • Keep contact with other glaucoma societies within and outside the UK & Éire.
  • Promote, protect and foster the interests and care of people living with – or at risk of developing glaucoma.

UKEGS Conference 2022

Our next UKEGS Conference will be a face to face meeting on 21 and 22 April 2022 in Birmingham.


Save the date!

Our next UKEGS Conference will be a face to face meeting on 21 and 22 April 2022, hosted by UKEGS President Prof Pete Shah at the IET Austin Court in central Birmingham.

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Conference abstracts

We are now accepting abstracts for poster and oral presentations at the meeting.

Download abstract & poster guidelines
UKEGS poster submissions on blue boards

£50,000 UKEGS research award

We are also accepting applications for the £50,000 UKEGS research award. This ophthalmology-focused open call grant is open to all UKEGS members. The closing date for applications is 28 February 2022.

Find out more & apply
UKEGS research grant winner shakes hand with UKEGS president

The face to face programme, limited online programme and booking details will follow soon. Please send enquiries to

UKEGS is overseen by a panel of ophthalmologists, currently:

Mr James Kirwan

Past UKEGS President

Prof Pete Shah

UKEGS President 2021

Prof Gus Gazzard


Prof Philip Bloom FRCOphth FGS

Glaucoma UK Chair

Annual conference

UKEGS proudest achievement is its annual conference aimed mainly at the ophthalmology community, but increasingly of interest to optometrists and others. The conference is usually held over two days towards the end of each year and is hosted in the hometown of the current President.

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UKEGS guidance

Glaucoma Risk Stratification Tool

The RCOphth and UKEGS have collaboratively developed a clinical tool for classification of patients with glaucoma into strata of risk for significant future sight loss and an estimate of resource requirement for managing the patient. The tool acknowledges diagnosis, stage of disease, complexity of disease, rate of disease progression, life expectancy, ocular and systemic comorbidities, dependency and socio-economic deprivation. The eye-level classification should be used to stratify patients according to the worse eye which has remaining useful vision, for which the patient is willing to undergo treatment to retain sight.

RCOphth and UKEGS Glaucoma management plans during recovery phase of COVID

This guidance provides pragmatic advice on recommencing care for glaucoma patients based on clinical expertise from a variety of clinical settings around the UK. The scope of this document is to provide advice for the ‘recovery phase’ rather than the acute lockdown phase. We anticipate this phase will cover perhaps the next six months or so. Some of the points will be germane to longer term ‘post COVID-19’ services.

Research grant awards

Glaucoma UK and UKEGS co-fund a glaucoma research award of £50,000 – £70,000 for high quality research that enhances the detection and treatment of glaucoma and improves patients’ quality of life.

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UKEGS Professional Membership

To become a UKEGS member and receive details of the UKEGS conference and other activities fill out and submit the form below. Membership is free and includes professional membership of Glaucoma UK.

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