Support group for people with glaucoma in Eastbourne

The College of Optometrists recommends that adults have an eye test every two years unless advised otherwise, and children and the over 65s should be tested annually.
The College of Optometrists recommends that adults have an eye test every two years unless advised otherwise, and children and the over 65s should be tested annually.

A support group to offer help and advice for people suffering from the eye condition glaucoma is to be held.

It is an opportunity for people to feedback their views on the local glaucoma service.

The support group will take place on June 25 at 5 pm in the Lecture Theatre, Postgraduate Centre at Eastbourne DGH.

Lorraine Manklow, deputy head orthoptist, said, “There are approximately 6,000 patients with glaucoma locally.

“We are holding this event to offer help and advice.

“We want to know about their experiences of our hospital glaucoma service.

“We would like to hear what works well and what doesn’t along with what ideas people may have for improvements.”

Glaucoma is a condition which can affect sight, usually due to build up of pressure within the eye.

It is often picked up by local opticians and regular eye tests are recommended.

A talk will be given by Mr Hickman-Casey, a glaucoma specialist consultant, along with a talk from a representative from the International Glaucoma Association.

A spokesperson from the Eastbourne Blind Society will also be available to explain what the local charity can offer those suffering from the condition.

Places are limited, so anyone one wishing to attend is asked to book as soon as possible. Call 417400, ext 4043 and leave a name to reserve a place.

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