Use your eye drops!
It's black and white: save your sight, use your eye drops!
The seventh annual NEHW took place during 19-25 September, and involved eye care charities, organisations and health professionals from across the UK. All help to promote the importance of eye health and the need for regular sight tests for all.
The IGA focussed on the issues that we know people face when it comes to taking eye drops. We know from callers to our helpline and from patient support groups that many people are not told that eye drops are a lifelong treatment, are not told about closing the tear duct for two minutes after taking a drop, nor about waiting five minutes between drops, or waiting 15 minutes to put in contact lens.
We produced a range of materials including information graphics for social media, and posters for health settings to reinforce how important it is that eye drops are taken, and how to take them correctly. There are a number of eye drop aids that can help which are available from the IGA helpline, our staff are available Monday to Friday 9.30-5.00pm to answer questions, and our patient literature and website has many answers to the problems that people face.
There are also more than 70 patient support groups throughout the country. These groups allow patients to meet with health professional and talk about glaucoma and treatment in a more relaxed, informal setting.
For details of local patient support groups, click here
For the latest news, click here
For information on eye drops, click here
To see our 1 minute film on taking eye drops, click here
And the eye drop aids that can help, click here
To order the materials, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
To read quotes and comments from Consultants across the UK, click here
Sightline have produced the calendar below in order to help people remember when to take each eye drop. This can be downloaded as a PDF file by clicking on the image: