Glaucoma UK is launching a new campaign to highlight the services it provides to those living with glaucoma. With an estimated 700,000 individuals in the UK living with the disease, half of whom don’t know they have it, the charity is urging people to seek support in these challenging COVID-19 times.
As part of World Glaucoma Week 2021, which will run from 7 to 13 March, Glaucoma UK aims to raise awareness of the different support channels it can offer you anytime, anywhere. From the top of a hill or a trek through the woods to a supermarket aisle or the comfort of your sofa, support for people living with glaucoma is accessible whenever and wherever you need it.
The charity will be launching a series of podcasts to support the campaign, covering themes from ‘what is glaucoma’ to ‘how is it treated’. Whether you’re on a walk or doing the housework, you can tune in and learn as you go. They will also be hosting four digital glaucoma support groups throughout the week on topics specifically selected by people living with glaucoma.
To further celebrate their ‘anytime, anywhere’ campaign, Glaucoma UK will be releasing a new ‘How we can help’ booklet, which brings all their resources together in one handy guide;
Call the Glaucoma UK helpline
If you’d like to talk about glaucoma or related conditions such as dry eye or blepharitis, the helpline is available to answer your questions. Call them on 01233 64 81 70 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The helpline team are available 9.30am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday. If you call outside these working hours, just leave a message and they’ll call you back as soon as possible.
Visit the Glaucoma UK website
The charity’s website glaucoma.uk has lots of advice and resources if you’re looking for support, including information on compliance aids for putting in eye drops and a self-care page for help with managing your glaucoma at home.
Information leaflets and other free resources
Glaucoma UK produces a range of information resources covering all aspects of living with glaucoma. All the charity’s publications are free to order or download through their website, thanks to the generosity of Glaucoma UK supporters.
Health Unlocked: connect with others
Join the charity’s community forum and talk to other people with glaucoma, learn about their experiences and ask questions.
Glaucoma surgery buddy scheme
If you’re worried about treatment or surgery, you can speak to someone who has first-hand experience thanks to the charity’s buddy scheme. Contact the Glaucoma UK helpline team or visit glaucoma.uk glaucoma.uk/buddy-scheme
Digital glaucoma support groups
Glaucoma UK runs digital glaucoma support groups which are online webinars you can join from the comfort of your home. They cover a range of topics and are attended by professionals in the field who will answer your questions. Details of all digital glaucoma support groups can be found on the charity’s website, or you can call their helpline team for more information.
Glaucoma UK quote
Glaucoma UK’s Chief Executive Karen Osborn stated: “Our ‘anytime, anywhere’ campaign aims to raise awareness of the support Glaucoma UK can give to all those living with glaucoma, wherever you may be. In these difficult times, we want every person in the UK affected by glaucoma, including those caring for people with the disease, to know that we are here for you. We can provide information, support, and advice, either on the phone or online. Anytime, anywhere.”