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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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  • Road Safety Week 18 - 24 November 2019

    Every 20 minutes, someone is killed or seriously injured on a British road and each of these tragedies is preventable.

    This Road Safety Week (18-24 November) BRAKE want everyone to “Step up for Safe Streets” and learn about, shout about and celebrate the amazing design-led solutions that will allow us all to get around in safe and healthy ways, every day.

    During the week Brake, and their partners, want to highlight three points to prevent unnecessary tragedies on the UKs roads:

    Safe journeys

    Safe journeys happen when we design our road transport network so that human error doesn’t result in death or serious injury.

    Healthy journeys

    Healthy journeys are important to help keep us healthy, fit and happy. We need to make sure that choosing to walk or cycle doesn’t put us at increased risk and that the air we breathe on our journeys is clean.

    Step up

    We can all step up and play a part in the celebration of safe system solutions and the creation of a safe and healthy future

    Every death or serious injury on our roads is a tragedy and each one is preventable. Step up for Safe Streets and do your bit for a safe and healthy future.

    Register today

    The International Glaucoma Association are committed to providing detailed and relevant information about the dangers of driving with glaucoma. We produce a leaflet titled ‘Driving and Glaucoma’ which outlines the requirements for driving and when someone would be required to report glaucoma to the DVLA. The leaflet can be downloaded, or ordered online by clicking here.

    To find out more about BRAKE and their work, please visit their website by clicking here.

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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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  • Study finds sight is most valuable sense to UK public

    A new study has revealed that the UK public think sight is the most valuable sense.

    Researchers from the Crabb Lab at City, University of London surveyed a cross-section of 250 adults from the UK and asked them to rank how highly they valued each of eight human senses relative to the others.

    Published in JAMA Ophthalmology, the new study found that respondents ranked sight as their most valuable sense and hearing as the second. Perhaps more surprisingly, respondents rated balance as the third most valuable sense, above more ‘traditional’ senses such as touch, taste and smell, as fourth, fifth and sixth, followed by pain and finally their sense of temperature.

    David Crabb, professor of vision and statistics at City, University of London and director of the Crabb Lab, said: “It’s so important to understand what the public and patients’ perceptions and fears may be when it comes to the loss of the senses, as this should inform how health professionals triage and support them when loss occurs.  While sensory loss can be devastating, it’s important to educate the public on how they might cope and adapt.”

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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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  • We're supporting the Vision and Eye Health Campaign from @HealthAwarenessUK.

    Learn more about the importance of eye health and how to safeguard your sight from key thought leaders like David Cartwright, Optometrist and Chairman, Eye Health UK: For further information click here.
    Our Head of Patient Support Services, Joanne Bradley, has also contributed an article explaining dyr eye disease, something that can be associated with glaucoma. The read her article click here.

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