Welcome to the UK and Éire Glaucoma Society website.
UK and Éire Glaucoma Society (UKEGS) is a non-profit national scientific society, and part of Glaucoma UK, which aims to:
We are now inviting abstracts for ePoster presentation at the UKEGS 2020 conference. The deadline for submission is 12 October.
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 Chair.
For the first time, our 2020 conference will be hosted digitally in light of the global pandemic.
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.
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 6 months or so. Some of the points will be germane to longer term ‘post COVID-19’ services.
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. Due to the impact of COVID-19 on ophthalmic research, we are not making an award this year and our next grant will be announced in 2021.
To give you a flavour of UKÉGS annual meetings, here are some photos from past events.
In the light of COVID, our 2020 conference will be held digitally.
The programme for the 2020 UKEGS conference will be announced shortly. The conference is free but UKEGS membership is required. Membership is free and includes associate membership of Glaucoma UK. To become a member and receive information on the conference and other UKEGS events, please visit the ‘UKEGS membership’ tab above.
We are now inviting abstracts for ePoster presentation at the conference. The deadline for submission is 12 October.