Ramadan: 23 April - 23 May 2020

Make eye drops part of your Ramadan routine: “Wake, drops, eat, pray, done!”

Patient talking on camera for Ramadan video

During Ramadan, Muslims fast during daylight hours, abstaining from food or drink. Muslims with glaucoma can be concerned that using eye drops breaks the fast, especially when the excess drop drains down the back of the throat and can be tasted. Therefore some stop taking their drops, putting their vision at risk. The IGA works together with the Muslim Council of Britain and Muslim medical organisations to provide support and advice to patients and encourage them to keep taking their drops throughout the month. Information is provided to mosques and eye care services.

The key messages are:

  • Use eye drops every day or your sight may be damaged
  • Eye drops are not considered food or drink, so don’t break the fast
  • If you are still concerned, use your drops before suhoor and after iftar
  • Blocking your tear duct means your drops won’t reach the back of your throat
  • Make eye drops part of your Ramadan routine: wake, drops, eat, pray, done!

For more information, see our FAQs about eye drops and Ramadan here

For Ramadan 2020, we are excited to be producing a film on this topic to share with partner organisations and via social media. Here are some sneaky shots taken during filming to whet your cinematic appetites. The premier of the film will be on Friday 20 March at 5pm (TBC)

If you are interested in hearing more about this campaign, please contact info@iga.org.uk