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  • Chloe's 100 miles across Lake Baikal 2020

    Chloe is off on her amazing adventure on Friday 14 February.  Together with Dad, Sean, she’ll be bravely setting off on the challenging 150km winter crossing of Lake Baikal in Eastern Siberia.  The lake is the oldest and deepest lake in the world and will take them just under seven days to cross.  They will have to pull sledges loaded with their equipment and supplies with them.  Chloe was diagnosed with glaucoma when she was 12 and her nan also has the disease, which is why she is raising money and hopes that one day there will be a cure.

    ‘My dad and I will be walking 100 miles across frozen lake Baikal. We will be camping on the ice and using sledges to carry our equipment. Being diagnosed at such a young age was a huge shock, not only for myself but also my family. Not many people realise that children can also suffer from this condition and it is not as rare as people may think. Having visited the children's glaucoma hospital in London on numerous occasions, I was surprised to see the wide age range of children attending the clinic. Due to the wonderful care of my consultant my condition is stable, and I have the opportunity to travel the world and see amazing things, but I am sure this is not the case for many. Therefore, I am trying raise as much money as possible for this charity so the wonderful work they do can continue and maybe one day there will be a cure.’

    Our best wishes and sincere thanks go to Chloe and her dad.  Good Luck!

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    To find out more about their challenge, click here

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  • IGA Professor David (Ted) Garway-Heath receives national and international awards for his glaucoma work

    We are delighted to share news of IGA Professor David Garway-Heath's recent international and national awards from the American Glaucoma Society (AGS) and the UK Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards (ACCEA).

    Picture of IGA Professor

    The AGS will present Professor David (Ted) Garway-Heath with the prestigious International Scholar Award in February 2020. Ted, who is Professor of Ophthalmology at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology (IoO) and Consultant at Moorfields Eye Hospital alongside being IGA Professor, receives the award in recognition of his "lifetime contributions to glaucoma research, education, and patient care".

    In the UK, Prof. Garway-Heath has been awarded a Gold Clinical Excellence Award in recognition of his contributions to the NHS after intense scrutiny by the Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards (ACCEA), which is sponsored by the Department and Health and Social Care. The award is a public acknowledgement of his professional expertise and sustained and dedicated contribution to the NHS over and above contractual requirements.

    About Professor Garway-Heath

    In addition to his clinical work, Prof. Garway-Heath leads research in visual assessment and imaging at the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at Moorfields and UCL IoO. He also conducts his own research aimed at improving care outcome by developing and evaluating diagnostics, improving clinical trial design to reduce the time taken to establish treatment benefits, identifying risk factors for disease progression, and developing decision-support software to provide evidence-based guidance in clinical care.

    Prof. Garway-Heath's 2015 Lancet paper reporting the findings of his landmark UK Glaucoma Treatment Study is highly cited worldwide and has been referenced in the NICE Glaucoma Guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma. The map he developed to relate structure and function in glaucoma has now been incorporated into diagnostic devices used in the clinic worldwide.

    Prof. Garway-Heath has been consecutively cited in The Ophthalmologist magazine's power list as one of the 100 most influential people in ophthalmology worldwide, and last year he was voted 'top mentor worldwide' on the power list for his work mentoring younger colleagues and helping them develop leadership skills. He has also been driving a mentorship programme for the European Glaucoma Society (EGS), of which he is President, called Next Generation Partnership (NGP). Since its launch in 2017, the NGP programme has enrolled around 100 glaucoma specialists across all European countries.

    He has also undertaken a European-wide patient support initiative. Currently, patient support organisations are not as well developed in some countries as in the UK, which means that patients often cannot access support outside the clinical environment. The first step of this initiative has been accomplished by allowing all EGS members to gain direct access to information on patient education and support provided by the IGA. The IGA was selected as it is one of the best-established patient organisations in Europe. A further step of the initiative was launched at the 2018 EGS biennial congress to promote the establishment of a Europe-wide Patient Support Organisation Network with the support from the IGA.

    This year’s EGS congress in Brussels will celebrate the Society’s 40th anniversary and will be marked by the launch of an initiative dedicated to patient input into care provision and research priorities. The IGA will be taking an active part in this initiative.

    Find out more

    - View Professor Garway-Heath's academic profile https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ioo/research/academics/garway-heath

    - Visit the EGS website https://www.eugs.org/eng/default.asp

    - Visit the AGS website https://www.americanglaucomasociety.net/home

    - Read about the NHS Clinical Excellence Awards https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/advisory-committee-on-clinical-excellence-awards

     

     

     

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  • Our friends at City, University of London are recruiting…

    Job details

    Laboratory Technician Optometry Wrap Around Cover

    Reference Number: 60029981
    Location: Northampton Square  Map & Directions
    School / Service: School of Health Sciences
    Department: Optometry & Visual Science
    Contract Duration: Permanent
    Hours: Part-time
    Salary Range (£): 25941 to 29176

    Responsibilities

    Acting as a point of contact for the students that use the Clinical Skills and Dispensing laboratories, you will be responsible for loaning equipment out to students and maintaining a log. You may be required to coordinate unsupervised group sessions for students. You will be required to keep the laboratories neat and tidy, ensuring all equipment and registers are locked away at the end of the shift. You will also be responsible for ensuring the laboratories are locked at the end of the shift.

    The role is term-time and you will be required to start at 4.30pm. The hours will vary as follows:
    From 17th February to 20th March you will work from 4.30 to 6.00pm for 5 weeks
    From 23rd March to 3rd April you will work from 4.30 to 5.00pm for 2 weeks

    The role will commence again for Term 1 from mid-September 2020 to mid-December 2020 from 4.30 to 5.00pm Monday to Friday.

    Person Specification

    Educated to A level or equivalent you will also have previous experience of working in a supportive role. You will have a calm and patient manner, coupled with flexibility and the desire to work as part of a team. A willingness to help others and ensure students are treated in a friendly professional manner at all times are essential. You will also be expected to demonstrate an understanding of the issues that would arise in a student focused work environment.

    Additional Information

    City offers a sector-leading salary, pension scheme and benefits including a comprehensive package of staff training and development.

    Closing date for applications: 11.59pm 6th February

    Interview date: 19th February

    For further details and an informal discussion about the position, please contact Irene Ctori via 020 7040 0132

    Actively working to promote equal opportunity and diversity

    Academic excellence for business and the professions

    Please use the link below to view further details for this job.

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  • The new IGA Award for Excellence in Glaucoma Care 2019

    This is our new reader-nominated award, to recognise professionals or volunteers who make a real difference to the lives of people living with the condition.

    And the winner is...

    Gus Gazzard and the LiGHT team at Moorfields Eye Hospital

    Nominated by Joseph Ross from Hertfordshire.

    Gus Gazzard accepting his award from Phillip Bloom

    The award was presented by IGA Chair Prof Philip Bloom at the 2019 UK & Eire Glaucoma Society conference in Glasgow, in front of around 200 other glaucoma specialists. You can read Jospeh Ross' nomination below.

    “In 2013, with glaucoma diagnosed in both eyes, I was referred to Moorfields and invited to participate in the LiGHT Team’s investigation of the relative impact and efficacy of eye drop treatment compared with laser treatment. I was one of several hundred patients and many of us became familiar faces to each other. The professionalism of everyone in the team, in all capacities, was matched by a degree of care and sensitivity which has been exemplary. Test results were fully explained, options discussed, and I felt fully engaged in all decision-making.

    When surgical intervention was considered necessary, I was supported and advised at every point and the follow-up care was exceptionally thorough.

    I was provided with contact details for my key optometrist, Neil Nathwani, and he has given me personal support and advice throughout. Mr Gazzard not only gave me the benefit of his superb surgical skill but explained fully what procedures were being pursued and the reasons for them. I feel that he knows his patients and takes a personal interest in them. On one occasion, leaving the hospital after an appointment, walking down Old Street, he recognised and greeted my wife and me, despite being out of the usual context.

    I have been very fortunate in having my treatment and care in the hands of such a team. I know that the patients involved with the Light Team have benefited from an outstanding combination of medical excellence and personal engagement.I am very glad to have this opportunity to nominate all of the team for this award.

    In my view, what makes this team stand out is their ability to work together so effectively, carrying out such valuable research, while also treating all their patients as individuals whose specific needs are seen as the priority at all times.”

    We were so taken with two other nominations that we also presented them with Certificates of Appreciation at the conference. The first went to James Kirwan and the team at the eye department in Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth, who were nominated by Elizabeth French. The other award went to Ms Angela James, Lead Pharmacist at the Princess Alexandra Eye Pavilion, Edinburgh. Angela was nominated by Dr Pankaj Agarwal, Consultant Ophthalmologist at the Eye Pavilion.

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  • Helpline Christmas availability

    Christmas treeOur IGA offices will be closed between 24 December to 1 January for the festive period and our Sightline (Glaucoma Helpline) team will unavailable during this time.

    We will resume our usual operating hours from Thursday 2 January 2020, where our helpline advisors will be able to listen to your concerns, answer your questions and provide sound advice on protecting your sight.

    While our telephone helpline is unavailable, you can email sightline@iga.org.uk to request a call back and our team will be in touch in the New Year.

    Wishing all our callers, visitors, members and supporters a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 

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  • Road Safety Week 18 - 24 November 2019

    Every 20 minutes, someone is killed or seriously injured on a British road and each of these tragedies is preventable.

    This Road Safety Week (18-24 November) BRAKE want everyone to “Step up for Safe Streets” and learn about, shout about and celebrate the amazing design-led solutions that will allow us all to get around in safe and healthy ways, every day.

    During the week Brake, and their partners, want to highlight three points to prevent unnecessary tragedies on the UKs roads:

    Safe journeys

    Safe journeys happen when we design our road transport network so that human error doesn’t result in death or serious injury.

    Healthy journeys

    Healthy journeys are important to help keep us healthy, fit and happy. We need to make sure that choosing to walk or cycle doesn’t put us at increased risk and that the air we breathe on our journeys is clean.

    Step up

    We can all step up and play a part in the celebration of safe system solutions and the creation of a safe and healthy future

    Every death or serious injury on our roads is a tragedy and each one is preventable. Step up for Safe Streets and do your bit for a safe and healthy future.

    Register today

    The International Glaucoma Association are committed to providing detailed and relevant information about the dangers of driving with glaucoma. We produce a leaflet titled ‘Driving and Glaucoma’ which outlines the requirements for driving and when someone would be required to report glaucoma to the DVLA. The leaflet can be downloaded, or ordered online by clicking here.

    To find out more about BRAKE and their work, please visit their website by clicking here.

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  • We’re recruiting!!

    We’re looking for a new colleague to become our Graphic Designer

    When?                     Permanent, part-time 14 hours/week (may be worked flexibly by agreement)

    Where?                   IGA head office, Ashford, Kent

    What?                     We’re looking for an energetic and creative individual to join our team and help us to:

    • create and deliver print-ready and digital artwork across all our areas of work
    • Help us raise the brand profile
    • Translate our brand across our different outputs for our diverse audiences

    How do I apply?          Download a job pack and application form click here

    Closing date Wednesday 27 November 2019

    Interviews to be held on Tuesday 3 December 2019

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  • Subhash Suthar, Development Manager at the IGA, wins new David Burt OBE Award 2019

    Our colleague Subhash Suthar, and his contribution to the sight loss community, was recognised on 9 October 2019 when he became the first recipient of the new David Burt OBE Award 2019 at the Vision UK awards.

    The David Burt OBE award is given to an individual or team working within the vision, eye health and sight loss community who can demonstrate a project, in research or improved methodology and practise in assisting in the cause of reducing sight loss in the community, that has made a significant improvement in the sector.

    Hosted at the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM), Subhash was presented with a striking bespoke sculpture crafted specially to mark the occasion by David Burt OBE.

    The award was given in recognition to Subhash’s work with the International Glaucoma Association (IGA) to reach and provide services to BME communities to assist in reducing sight loss.

    Muslims in the UK who are affected by glaucoma or suspected intra-ocular pressures may stop using their eye drops during the holy month of Ramadan when fasting. Subhash identified this potential risk to the eye health of this community and played an integral role in driving the IGA to develop a campaign to raise awareness and give information to those who might be affected. The campaign engaged the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), ophthalmologists and a large portion of the population to deliver a clear message that Muslims could continue taking eye drops either side of fasting each day and could also learn to instil them whilst practicing punctal occlusion, thus keeping the drops within the eye.

    This project is just one of many that comprise Subhash’s extraordinary contributions towards discouraging preventable glaucoma sight loss in his role at the IGA, for which we are delighted he has been recognised.

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  • Study finds sight is most valuable sense to UK public

    A new study has revealed that the UK public think sight is the most valuable sense.

    Researchers from the Crabb Lab at City, University of London surveyed a cross-section of 250 adults from the UK and asked them to rank how highly they valued each of eight human senses relative to the others.

    Published in JAMA Ophthalmology, the new study found that respondents ranked sight as their most valuable sense and hearing as the second. Perhaps more surprisingly, respondents rated balance as the third most valuable sense, above more ‘traditional’ senses such as touch, taste and smell, as fourth, fifth and sixth, followed by pain and finally their sense of temperature.

    David Crabb, professor of vision and statistics at City, University of London and director of the Crabb Lab, said: “It’s so important to understand what the public and patients’ perceptions and fears may be when it comes to the loss of the senses, as this should inform how health professionals triage and support them when loss occurs.  While sensory loss can be devastating, it’s important to educate the public on how they might cope and adapt.”

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  • IGA and RCOphth £100,000 Ophthalmology research grant

    International Glaucoma Association (IGA) and The Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCOphth) announce prestigious £100,000 Ophthalmology research grant


    There are 700,000 people in the UK living with glaucoma, an eye disease that without treatment typically causes loss of vision.  Over the next ten years, glaucoma cases are predicted to rise by 22% and over 20 years by 44%.  Research is vital to improve understanding of glaucoma and develop innovative and sight-saving treatments.

    The £100,000 Ophthalmology research award is run in partnership between the RCOphth and the IGA, with the IGA providing the funding for this important contribution towards glaucoma research. The prestigious award has now been running for nearly 20 years and has funded research from prospective stem cell treatments to the use of big data in patient risk stratification.

    The IGA encourages patient-orientated research directly concerned with the improvement of glaucoma management.  Applicants may be trainees seeking support for a fellowship or senior researchers seeking a grant for a project.  Last year’s successful applicant was Dr Victor Hu, International Centre for Eye Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine with his project ‘Detecting glaucoma using a combination of low-cost, portable and easy to use tests’.

    Karen Osborn, Chief Executive, International Glaucoma Association

    ‘We are delighted to announce the call for the International Glaucoma Association (IGA) and The Royal College of Ophthalmology (RCOphth) £100,000 Ophthalmology research award, which forms part of our largest ever annual programme of research funding.  We’re grateful to our friends at the College for their help in the promotion and administration of the award, and we’re hoping for a bumper year in terms of applications.’

    Prof Philip Bloom MB ChB FRCS FRCOphth, Chair, International Glaucoma Association

    ‘The importance of research awards in the field of ophthalmology cannot be understated. Research has led to improved technology and innovative methods of service delivery that are helping to improve the way we deliver care. We’re proud to have played a role in this, and we’re excited to see what new studies will be proposed in this grants round.’

    The IGA and RCOphth wish to encourage a high level of applications for 2020 for this prestigious award.

    Award applications close 1 February 2020.  To apply please visit https://www.rcophth.ac.uk/professional-resources/awards-and-prizes/

     About the International Glaucoma Association:

    The International Glaucoma Association (IGA) is the charity for people with glaucoma: we are a membership organisation, and glaucoma patients are at the very heart of all we do. We support people to live well with glaucoma by providing a telephone helpline, regional support groups, peer support services and widely acclaimed patient information booklets. We also fund vital glaucoma research, and we campaign to raise awareness of the disease and encourage good eye health care.

    For more information, please visit: www.glaucoma-association.com

    Sightline glaucoma helpline: 01233 64 81 70 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am–5.00pm).

    Applications open: 1 October 2019
    Applications close: 1 February 2020
    To download an application form, please click here.

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