The IGA provides joint research awards through a range of professional bodies. To find out more click here.
The IGA provides event management for major conferences such as the annual UK and Eire Glaucoma Society (UKEGS) conference, which is attended by glaucoma consultants, junior doctors throughout the UK and the UK Paediatric Glaucoma Society, (UKPGS) which unites glaucoma paediatric specialists throughout the world.
Professional members are also encouraged to attend the IGA AGM which provides an opportunity to hear about some of the ground-breaking research that the IGA is funding.
Professional membership is open to all eye care specialists including eye clinic liaison officers, nurses, general practitioners, optometrists, pharmacists and consultants. Members will receive quarterly copies of the magazine IGA News containing in-depth research reports, the latest news on IGA services, and information about the IGA events including the AGM.
Download a copy of our Membership form, or to pay by credit or debit card call 01233 64 81 71.
We provide a wide range of leaflets which help people to understand glaucoma, the cause, the treatment and living with the condition. It includes a basic leaflet on the importance of health checks and glaucoma; About Glaucoma and How We Help, through to being diagnosed; Glaucoma the good news as well as information about treatments including Eye Drops and Dispensing Aids, living with glaucoma and Driving and Glaucoma.
All of our leaflets are provided free of charge to patients and professionals (within the UK and Ireland*). Our leaflets carry the Department of Health Information Standard certificate, a quality mark for health and social information.
Click here to view and order our leaflets. Professional copies are limited to 50 per order for each leaflet.
*For information on postage charges outside of the UK contact +44 (0) 1233 64 81 70.
Eye drop educational aid
The IGA knows that many patients stop taking their eye drops as they have difficulty in putting them in the eye, and in some instances, they have not understood that the eye drops need to be taken for life.
This led to the IGA developing an educational aid that contains the different types of drops and bottles that are available for the treatment of glaucoma. The aid also contains the various aids that are available to help with the taking of eye drops.
Our aim is to provide every hospital eye clinic service (ophthalmic) department with one of our eye drop compliance briefcases to help health care professionals discuss the importance of eye drops, and how best to instil them. There is a CD included in the case that demonstrates how to use eye drops effectively and a questionnaire that should help to assess the patients’ understanding before and after the session.
This briefcase is delivered to the ophthalmic departments on request by IGA staff, who will train the health care professionals on how to use the tool effectively.
If you are interested in holding a patient support group at your local hospital, or in the local community, our regional managers will be able to help. They will give you the advice that you need to make sure that the meeting is well attended and interesting to the newly diagnosed and those living with glaucoma. The contact information for our regional managers is below. To see if there is a patient support group near you, click here.
This section includes links to key guidance documents which help with the commissioning, management and treatment of glaucoma patients.
Information and Guidance for Eye Clinic Staff
The IGA has worked together with the RNIB to produce guidance for Eye Clinic Liaison Officers (ECLO’s) to use when meeting with and supporting people with glaucoma.
Primary Eye Care Framework click here
David Parkins blog on the College of Optometrists’ website click here
To find out more, contact:
Subhash Suthar, London, East Anglia and the South East, tel. 07810 48 47 47 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Eryl Williams, Wales and the South West, tel. 07856 68 79 31 or email: email@example.com; Hannah Morrow, North East, tel. 07854 82 19 11 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Philippa Mason will replace John Hughes as Development Manager for Scotland, in early September. Philippa is currently a Senior Research Officer at Aberdeen Council, and her skill set will help us build on the Scottish glaucoma data work that John started. She has experience arranging groups and events, harnessing community involvement and getting press and social media coverage. She also brings skills in influencing, negotiating and volunteering, and will be an asset to the charity.
If anyone has a query about the IGA in Scotland during July and August, please contact our Chief Executive Karen Osborn, or Richenda Kew, Executive PA.