New educational films about glaucoma 24-30 September 2018

The International Glaucoma Association (IGA) and Santen UK Ltd. launch an educational series of films to help people understand glaucoma. Coinciding with National Eye Health Week* (24-30 September) the films feature leading experts in the field of ophthalmology who provide clear information about glaucoma sight loss, how it is detected, monitored and managed.

Commenting on the series, the IGA says:

“This is a comprehensive set of films which we hope will walk people through what glaucoma is, what to expect from the tests, what help is available and how to overcome some of the issues that people have with taking daily eye drops. They are useful for people who may have just been referred to the hospital for a diagnosis, for the newly diagnosed patient and also for people who have struggled with eye drops. We are grateful for the help and funding that Santen UK Ltd. has provided in producing a set of straightforward films which demystifies glaucoma”. 
The series covers:

What is glaucoma: Professor Philip Bloom, Consultant Ophthalmologist, The Western Eye Hospital and Hillingdon Hospital
• Main types of glaucoma, symptoms, prevalence, who is at risk, tests to detect glaucoma
Testing the field of vision: Professor David Crabb, Professor of Statistics and Vision Research, City University London
• Effects of glaucoma on field of vision, what happens during a visual field test
Eye pressure and glaucoma: Miss Anne Fiona Spencer, Consultant Ophthalmic, Manchester Royal Eye Hospital
• The importance of measuring eye pressure, the technology used, patient support
The optic nerve and glaucoma: Doctor Andrew Tatham, Consultant Ophthalmologist, Princess Alexandra Eye Pavilion, Edinburgh
• About the optic nerve, the nerve damage caused by glaucoma, how the optic nerve is examined
About eye drops: Subhash Suthar, Development manager at IGA
• Challenging aspects for people taking eye drops and tips that can help
There are an estimated 700,000 people with glaucoma in the UK today.  Glaucoma is a group of eye conditions in which the optic nerve is damaged, usually by excessive pressure within the eye. If left untreated, glaucoma can lead to serious loss of vision, with up to 40 per cent of sight being permanently lost before the effects are noticed by the individual.   Fortunately glaucoma is the most common cause of preventable blindness and for the majority of glaucoma patients, daily eye drops are a simple solution to control their condition and save their sight. 


IGA Drops And You (#DropsAndYou) 18-24 September 2017

Each year the IGA joins together with other eye care charities and organisations to promote the importance of eye health and the need for regular sight tests for all through National Eye Health Week. This year, the IGA launched a campaign which encourages people to understand the role that eye drops play in glaucoma, and demonstrates techniques and equipment which is available to help.

Entitled “IGA Drops And You” we have produced a series of short films featuring one of our regional managers Subhash Suthar.  Subhash is passionate about talking to people about eye drops and showing people simple and easy ways to take drops. As a pharmacist Subhash has great empathy with people who have been told that drops are for life, but are not shown how to put drops in the eye, or what equipment can help.

The films can be viewed by clicking on the links below.  

Eye drop treatment

Why you have been prescribed eye drops

Opening the bottle

Different techniques to put eye drops in (part one)

Different techniques to put eye drops in (part two) including single unit dose

When to put drops in

Putting in more than one drop and wearing contact lenses

Using eye drop dispenser - Autodrop

Using eye drop dispenser - Opticare

Using eye drops dispenser - Opticare Arthro

Using eye drop dispensers - Thea Eyot and Dropaid

Last year's campaign focussed on the important role that eye drops play in saving sight, and how to take them correctly. Use your eye drops! information can be found by clicking here.