NIHR: Eye disease patients have more opportunity than ever to take part in NHS research studies

21 November 2018
Source: NIHR

• 76 per cent of hospitals in England now offer patients the opportunity to take part in eye disease studies • 15,500 patients per year offered innovative treatments for diseases such as age-related macular degeneration • Ophthalmology community ‘punching above its weight’ in world of research A new paper published today highlights how some 76 per cent of hospitals in

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Fight for Sight: Charity announces research into personalised glaucoma treatment on World Sight Day 2018

11 October 2018
Source: Fight for Sight

Fight for Sight has chosen World Sight Day 2018 (11 October) to announce funding for a research project that will develop personalised medicine for patients at risk of glaucoma from steroid use. Professor Colin Willoughby from Ulster University has been awarded a £170,000 project grant over three years to better understand the genetic basis for steroid-induced eye pressure. The aim

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Serious eye disorders. Consultation on draft quality standard, joint submisison from The Royal College of Ophthalmologists with The College of Optometrists and Vision UK

2 October 2018

This quality standard will cover the diagnosis and management of serious eye conditions in adults including cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration. It will also cover preventing sight loss in adults. This quality standard will replace the existing NICE quality standard for Glaucoma in adults (QS7). The topic was identified for update following the annual review of quality standards in 2017.

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NICE QS Chronic Disease Joint Response With RCOphth COO And Vision UK V1.4
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Optometry Today: New glaucoma treatment trialled in Manchester

9 August 2018
Source: Optometry Today

The patients at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital are the first in the UK to trial the eyeWatch surgical implant. The eyeWatch is a new fully adjustable surgical implant that drains excess eye fluid that is caused by glaucoma. It is the first ever glaucoma device that enables post-operative flow adjustment in the clinic. The eyeWatch, which is manufactured by Rheon

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The Muslim Council of Britain working with the International Glaucoma Association (IGA): Ramadan: Don’t stop eye drop medication

15 May 2018
Source: IGA

The Muslim Council of Britain working with the International Glaucoma Association (IGA) strongly recommends not to stop glaucoma eye drop medication during Ramadan. Stopping drops even for a short period of time can cause permanent loss of vision MCB’s Deputy Secretary General, Dr Omer El-Hamdoon has confirmed that all Islamic Schools Of Thought agree that taking eye drops does not

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College of Optometrists announces first higher qualification at The University of Manchester

2 March 2018
Source: College of Optometrist

The University of Manchester, together with Manchester Royal Eye Hospital (MREH), has been accredited as a provider of the Professional Certificate in Glaucoma by the College of Optometrists. The course aims to prepare optometrists to participate in formal referral filtering and ocular hypertension (OHT)/suspect chronic open-angle glaucoma (COAG) monitoring schemes and will be the first higher qualification available to optometrists

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College of Optometrists announces new higher qualification at University of Bradford

27 February 2018
Source: The College of Optometrists

The University of Bradford has been accredited as a provider of the Professional Higher Certificate in Glaucoma by the College of Optometrists. The course aims to prepare optometrists to diagnose ocular hypertension, to make a preliminary diagnosis of chronic open angle glaucoma, and to monitor patients with diagnosed ocular hypertension on treatment or in the absence of a management plan.

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BBC News: Test may spot glaucoma before symptoms begin, study says.

27 April 2017
Source: BBC News

Prof Francesca Cordeiro, from the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, told the BBC News website: “For the first time in humans we have a test that identifies [glaucoma] disease activity before the disease develops. “We are possibly talking five to 10 years before it would normally be identified.” Bethan Hughes, from the Wellcome Trust, which funded the research, said: “This innovation

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IAPB: World Glaucoma Week Blogs

16 March 2017
Source: IAPB

12-18 March 2017 is World Glaucoma Week (WGW). WGW is a joint global initiative of the World Glaucoma Association (WGA) and the World Glaucoma Patients Association (WGPA), to raise awareness of glaucoma. Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness and the leading cause of irreversible blindness worldwide, with an estimated 4.5 million blinded by the condition. It is estimated

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