IGA News

  • Upcoming IGA events cancelled

    In light of the continued spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), the UK government has advised the public to avoid unnecessary travel and avoid contact with others.

    Following this advice we have cancelled all upcoming IGA patient conferences and IGA-organised Glaucoma Support Groups.  We know it may come as a disappointment, but it is necessary for the safety and wellbeing of patients and staff.

    If you attend other support groups organised by hospitals and other organisations, please be aware that these will also be affected.

    Our glaucoma helpline remains open and our advisors can provide advice and support as always.  The helpline is open Monday-Friday from 09:30 to 17:00 on 01233 64 81 70.

    On our website we also have an online forum, which provides a platform for people to connect with others living with glaucoma, share experiences and ask questions.  This can be found at https://www.glaucoma-association.com/glaucoma-forum/

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  • 2020 Annual General Meeting Postponed

    Unfortunately, our public 43rd AGM and 2020 IGA Annual Lectures due to be held on Friday 13 March 2020 have been postponed.

    As the situation and response to Coronavirus (COVID-19) is rapidly evolving, we have taken the difficult decision to postpone our meeting with the safety of our members in mind.

    The most up to date public advice and information can be found at gov.uk/coronavirus

    We will update this notice with further details as and when we know more.

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  • We're Recruiting

    We’re looking for a new colleague to become our Office Administrator

    When?                         Permanent, full time 37.5 hours/week

    Where?                        Woodcote House, 15 Highpoint Business Village, Henwood, Ashford, Kent TN24 8DH

    What?                           We’re looking for someone who will provide front line cover including membership admin for two days per week, with the remaining 3 days providing support to colleagues working in patient services, finance, fundraising, membership, ICT, comms, HR, and more.

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

    Closing date 9am Friday 27 March 2020

    Interviews will be held on Thursday 2 April in Ashford

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  • Important notice regarding our telephone number

    We have been made aware that telephone numbers used by our organisation are being ‘spoofed’ by nuisance callers.

    Caller ID spoofing is the practice of causing the telephone network to indicate to the receiver of a call that the originator of the call is a number other than the true originating number.

    Unfortunately, we currently cannot take action against those doing this because we don’t know who the culprits are.

    The International Glaucoma Association will never cold call you. We will only telephone you if you have requested a callback from our membership team or our Sightline team.

    If you have been affected, please do get in touch to let us know as are building an evidence base we will use to make a complaint and stop this from happening.

    We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Christmas Cards 2019

    Sending IGA Christmas cards is a great way to show friends and family that you support our sight saving work.

    This year we have some beautiful new designs, some with lovely festive red envelopes, as well as bargain packs and a small selection of our more traditional designs.

    Call us on 01233 64 81 64 to order your cards and pay by credit or debit card.

    Click on the images below to see larger pictures of the cards.

    Postage costs:

    1 pack of 10 cards: £1.20

    2 to 10 packs: £3.00

    11 or more packs: £6.00

    Bargain cards (30 cards): £3.00

    Call us on 01233 64 81 64 to order your cards and pay by credit or debit card.

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