Specialist staff at East Surrey Hospital are holding the first meeting of a new support group on Wednesday September 25th for people suffering from Glaucoma.
The group is an initiative set up by Fiona O’ Sullivan, Consultant Ophthalmologist in Glaucoma and Sister Ann Stribblehill, who both work at the hospital run by Surrey & Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust.
Glaucoma is an eye disease which can lead to irreversible vision loss and is the second leading cause of blindness in the world. Once the diagnosis of Glaucoma is made it is a life long condition which requires monitoring and managing.
Miss O’Sullivan said: “The aim is to provide an information forum for patients with Glaucoma. Glaucoma is a chronic sight-threatening disease without symptoms and therefore patients are not always aware of the condition and the need for treatment.
“We hope to provide information on diagnosis and treatment in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere and to encourage patients to meet others with the condition.”
Guest speaker at this inaugural meeting is Subhash Suthar from the International Glaucoma Association.
All newly diagnosed patients and patients with long standing glaucoma are welcome to come along to the meeting which starts at 4pm in the hospital’s Trust HQ, Room 7 & 8.
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