UKEGS: UK and Éire Glaucoma Society

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 2023

We’re excited to confirm that Professor Gus Gazzard, UKEGS President, will be hosting a face-to-face conference in London on 22 and 23 November 2023.

Receive updates about the conference

The UKEGS annual conference is an opportunity to network, share the latest research and hear from inspiring speakers.

We’ve got more exciting news to share with you soon about speakers, exhibitors, and tickets. To keep up to date with all the latest news, sign up to email updates by becoming a UKEGS member. Click on the tab titled “Become a UKEGS member” on this page and fill out the form to do so.

A man speaking at a lectern at UKEGS 2022 Conference
No. 8 Northumberland Avenue London

The venue

The conference will be held at No. 8 Northumberland Avenue London, WC2N 5BY. It is a lovely venue which is just a few minutes’ walk from Charing Cross underground station and Waterloo overground train station.

UKEGS is overseen by a panel of ophthalmologists, currently:

Prof Pete Shah

UKEGS President 2021

Prof Gus Gazzard

UKEGS President 2022

Prof Anthony King FRCOphth MD

Glaucoma UK Chair & Glaucoma UK Clinical Advisory Panel

Ms Nishani Amerasinghe

UKEGS President-Elect

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.

The 2023 conference will be held in London, the hometown of the current President, Prof Gus Gazzard. Details about the date and venue will be announced shortly.

Prof Pete Shah speaking at UKEGS 2022

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.

Find out more
Photo of Prof Gus Gazzard

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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