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:
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.
For the first time, our 2020 conference was 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 six 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.
Friday 27 November 2020
In the light of COVID, our 2020 conference will be held digitally.
The event will carry CPD professional development points. We regret that this year’s conference will not carry CET points.
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.
Thank you for all those who submitted abstracts. We will shortly be displaying the successful ePoster presentations that will be voted on at the conference.
We’re delighted to announce the full UKEGS conference agenda has now been published.