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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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  • IGA and RCOphth £100,000 Ophthalmology research grant

    International Glaucoma Association (IGA) and The Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCOphth) announce prestigious £100,000 Ophthalmology research grant


    There are 700,000 people in the UK living with glaucoma, an eye disease that without treatment typically causes loss of vision.  Over the next ten years, glaucoma cases are predicted to rise by 22% and over 20 years by 44%.  Research is vital to improve understanding of glaucoma and develop innovative and sight-saving treatments.

    The £100,000 Ophthalmology research award is run in partnership between the RCOphth and the IGA, with the IGA providing the funding for this important contribution towards glaucoma research. The prestigious award has now been running for nearly 20 years and has funded research from prospective stem cell treatments to the use of big data in patient risk stratification.

    The IGA encourages patient-orientated research directly concerned with the improvement of glaucoma management.  Applicants may be trainees seeking support for a fellowship or senior researchers seeking a grant for a project.  Last year’s successful applicant was Dr Victor Hu, International Centre for Eye Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine with his project ‘Detecting glaucoma using a combination of low-cost, portable and easy to use tests’.

    Karen Osborn, Chief Executive, International Glaucoma Association

    ‘We are delighted to announce the call for the International Glaucoma Association (IGA) and The Royal College of Ophthalmology (RCOphth) £100,000 Ophthalmology research award, which forms part of our largest ever annual programme of research funding.  We’re grateful to our friends at the College for their help in the promotion and administration of the award, and we’re hoping for a bumper year in terms of applications.’

    Prof Philip Bloom MB ChB FRCS FRCOphth, Chair, International Glaucoma Association

    ‘The importance of research awards in the field of ophthalmology cannot be understated. Research has led to improved technology and innovative methods of service delivery that are helping to improve the way we deliver care. We’re proud to have played a role in this, and we’re excited to see what new studies will be proposed in this grants round.’

    The IGA and RCOphth wish to encourage a high level of applications for 2020 for this prestigious award.

    Award applications close 1 February 2020.  To apply please visit https://www.rcophth.ac.uk/professional-resources/awards-and-prizes/

     About the International Glaucoma Association:

    The International Glaucoma Association (IGA) is the charity for people with glaucoma: we are a membership organisation, and glaucoma patients are at the very heart of all we do. We support people to live well with glaucoma by providing a telephone helpline, regional support groups, peer support services and widely acclaimed patient information booklets. We also fund vital glaucoma research, and we campaign to raise awareness of the disease and encourage good eye health care.

    For more information, please visit: www.glaucoma-association.com

    Sightline glaucoma helpline: 01233 64 81 70 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am–5.00pm).

    Applications open: 1 October 2019
    Applications close: 1 February 2020
    To download an application form, please click here.

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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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  • 100 Voices Campaign

    The IGA is pleased to be supporting the 100 Voices campaign, a patient experience initiative for eye services.

    EyesWise is an NHS project that aims to save sight and improve lives. Since April 2018, work has been underway in hospital eye services across the country to streamline and speed up outpatient treatment for patients at highest risk of sight loss. As part of EyesWise we are now launching the 100 Voices campaign to find out what it feels like to use those services.

    What would patients, carers and staff like the people involved in commissioning and providing services to know? What is your experience of making appointments and attending ophthalmology outpatient clinics since April 2018? The100 Voices campaign will gather and share your stories.

    As one of the highest volume outpatient specialties, oophthalmology is a key focus and understanding the perspective of patientsis essential to understanting the priorities for the redesign of ophthalmology services.  Forthcoming work on the redesign of ophthalmology services will build on the outcomes and learning from EyesWise and the 100 Voices campaign.

    If you think the NHS can learn from our experience, please tell us your story. You can write about it or upload a video or recording of yourself talking about it.  To share your story and be part of the sim to streamline and speed up outpatient treatment, please click here.

     

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  • New Cardiff Visual Impairment Social Group- coming August 2019

    On Thursday 15 August at Llanishen Hub (CARDIFF) a new social group for those living with a visual impairment will be starting from 12 - 2pm.

    If you would like more information or If you would like to come along/know of anyone who may be interested then please contact Sue Baskerville: SBaskerville@caerdydd.gov.uk / SBaskerville@cardiff.gov.uk

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  • The International Glaucoma Association (IGA) and Santen Produce Unique ‘Eye Test’ for World Glaucoma Week

    The International Glaucoma Association (IGA) and specialist ophthalmology company Santen Pharmaceutical Co Ltd, have joined forces to produce a unique interactive ‘eye test’ to demonstrate what the world looks like to people living with glaucoma. The test is part of a joint campaign to raise awareness of the eye condition among younger first-degree relatives of older people most likely to develop glaucoma.

    The test will be posted on IGA and Santen social channels (Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn) and on their respective websites in time for World Glaucoma Week, 10-16 March 2019. The quiz consists of a series of intriguing questions where images are shown that simulate missing objects and cloudy vision which are the hallmark of glaucoma, and leads to more information about glaucoma.
    It is estimated that there are 700,000 people with glaucoma in the UK today, but half are undiagnosed. 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. Once sight is lost it cannot be recovered. Glaucoma is the most common cause of preventable blindness. Many people are unaware that glaucoma has no symptoms in the early stages, so regular eye health checks (every two years, or every 1-2 years for over 40s, especially where there is a family history of glaucoma) are really important to detect the condition. Early diagnosis and regular treatment, usually with eye drops, can preserve vision and enable people to carry on with their lives.
    Commenting on the initiative, Karen Osborn, CEO of the IGA says: “We’re delighted to be partnering with Santen in creating this unique quiz to raise awareness of glaucoma among a younger audience. By reaching people via their social channels in a visually impactful way, we hope to create a lasting impression of what glaucoma sight loss looks like, so they can be aware of early symptoms among older relatives and can encourage regular eye checks to pick up the condition early.”

    Paul Campbell, Marketing Manager at Santen says, “As a global pharmaceutical company dedicated to ophthalmology, Santen is committed to the protection of eyesight and the health of patients. We are proud to be partnering with the International Glaucoma Association on this awareness-raising initiative. Glaucoma can result in sight loss if it isn’t diagnosed and treated early and consistently, so this interactive ‘eye test’ is an innovative way to engage and educate people on the importance of regular eye checks and the potential impact of the disease.”

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    For further information please contact Richenda Kew or Tracey Fabre on: 01233 64 81 6, email: marketing@iga.org.uk or Annabel Hillary, 07884 430862, annabel@prwhenyouneedit.co.uk
    or Mary-Jane Greenhalgh, 07866 722051, maryjane@prwhenyouneedit.co.uk

    About the International Glaucoma Association

    1. The International Glaucoma Association (IGA) is the charity for people with glaucoma. Its mission is to raise awareness of glaucoma, promote research related to early diagnosis and treatment, and to provide support to patients and all those who care for them. For more information, please visit: www.glaucoma-association.com

    2. Set up in 1974, it is the oldest patient based glaucoma association in the world and it is a registered charity in England and Wales, and also in Scotland.

    3. As part of its support services, the IGA operates the Sightline (telephone helpline) and provides free information on any aspect of glaucoma.

    4. For more information about glaucoma, contact the International Glaucoma Association (IGA) telephone helpline on 01233 64 81 70 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am–5.00pm)

    5. In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, close relatives of people with glaucoma who are aged 40 plus can have a sight test and examination by an optometrist which is paid for by the NHS, and everyone aged 60 and over is entitled to free testing. In Scotland, the NHS will pay for glaucoma examinations offered by optometrists, regardless of age.

    About Santen
    As a specialised company dedicated to the ophthalmology field, Santen carries out research, development, marketing, and sales of pharmaceuticals, over-the-counter products and devices. Santen has long been the market leader in Japan for prescription ophthalmic pharmaceuticals and is now a leader in the sector in the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) region. With scientific knowledge and organizational capabilities nurtured over nearly 130 years, Santen products and services now reach over 60 countries, contributing to the well-being of patients, their loved ones and consequently to society. For more information, please visit Santen websites www.santen.com (Japan headquarters) and www.santen.eu (EMEA).

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  • The College of Optometrists is seeking patients or carers from across the UK to join their Public Patients Reference Group

    The group provides input from patients and the public to the College’s policies, guidance, and patient resources. For more details and an application form, please go to:

    www.college-optometrists.org

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  • IGA Glaucoma Patient Conference, Newcastle 2018- 30th November 2018

    Invitation to an IGA Glaucoma Patient Conference, Newcastle 2018

    Following the success of our Annual Lectures in London earlier in the year, we decided to hold a similar event for our members in the North East area, and I’m delighted to invite you to join us at a Patient Conference on Friday 30 November at The Great Hall, Sutherland Building, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne.

    Refreshments will be available from 2pm and the event starts at 2.30pm with a keynote lecture about the future of glaucoma care by IGA Chair and consultant ophthalmologist Prof Philip Bloom, covering the latest news on laser and minimally invasive glaucoma surgery.  This will be followed by a dry eye disease presentation by Glaucoma Clinical Fellow David Lunt, then optometrist Zoe Richmond will talk briefly about the role of optometrists in glaucoma care. This will be followed by a Q&A session where you can put questions to our panel of experts chaired by Prof Bloom, and we’ll end with a drinks reception from 5pm to 6.30pm.

    The conference is free to attend but places are limited and booking is essential, so to secure your place and for details on how to find the venue and where to park, please call us on 01233 64 81 64 or email Richenda at r.kew@iga.org.uk

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  • Devon in Sight - Community Sight Loss Hubs

    Rural isolation and bad transport links were one of the reasons why Devon in Sight decided to take their services out into the community by creating Community Sight Loss Hubs.

    They now have regular 'Talk and Support Groups' over a dozen locations across the county where clients have the opportunity to meet with others with sight loss, hear about the services available for them in their community and receive specialist training.

    Their services continue as normal, with the majority being provided from their 13 Community Sight Loss Hubs. These hubs are operated by a community support team consisting of Cathy, Margaret, Rebecca and Tracey. Appointments are available to view lighting and daily living equipment at their new premises and at most of their Community Sight Loss Hubs.

    How to contact:

    Call the helpline on 01392 84 66 66

    Email: enquiries@devoninsight.org.uk

    Please remember that Devon in Sight operates by APPOINTMENT ONLY

    Devon in Sight, Splatford Barton, Kennford, Exeter EX6 7XY

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  • IGA Glaucoma Patient Conference, Manchester 2018

    Following the success of our Annual Lectures in London earlier in the year, we have decided to hold a similar event for our members in the North West, and we are delighted to announce that there will be a Patient Conference on Tuesday 16 October at the Holiday Inn Manchester City Centre, Aytoun Street M1 3AE.

    The event starts at 2.30pm with a lecture from Mr Leon Au, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital (MREH), who will be speaking about new advances in glaucoma treatment. Following on, Cecilia Fenerty, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at MREH will talk about the changing face of glaucoma care in the UK. The afternoon will finish with a Q&A panel where you will be able to put questions to Leon, Cecilia and other leading glaucoma experts. There will also be a drinks reception from 5pm to 6.30pm.

    The patient conference is free to attend but places are limited and booking is essential, so to secure your place please call us on 01233 64 81 64 or email Richenda at r.kew@iga.org.uk

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