Bedford Borough Council has taken a leading
role in the Bedfordshire-wide for eye health awareness raising.
The first campaign, led by Bedford Borough
Council and in partnership with Bedfordshire Eye Care Working Group
and the BCCG, was in relation to Eye Testing amongst children. The
second, and current, campaign taking place concentrates solely on
On Saturday 26 April, a networking event took
place at Guru Nanak Gurdwara in Bedford with the aim of raising
awareness on glaucoma. Through the Bedfordshire Eye Care Working
Group (BECWG), strong partnerships have been established with a
number of stakeholders, in particular with the International
Glaucoma Association (IGA).
The event was organised by Bedford Borough
Council, in partnership with Sangat Health Foundation (the host)
the IGA, and Moorfields Eye Hospital Bedford. Also involved on the
day of the event were Guide Dogs, The Local Optometry Committee,
Sight Concern and Healthwatch.
Kevin Crompton, Director of Children’s and
Adults’ Services at Bedford Borough Council, said: “Glaucoma is one
of the three major causes of sight loss and can be treated with eye
drops, laser treatment or surgery. However, early diagnosis is
important because damage to the eyes cannot be reversed. This event
hopefully helped people to learn more about Glaucoma, eye health
and the prevention of sight loss. It’s fantastic to have so many
dedicated professionals, all in one room, to aid discussion on this
topic and chat through ideas on spreading awareness.”
Research has also shown that Glaucoma
disproportionately affects the Black and Asian population.
The IGA shared their experience of
successfully delivering Awareness Raising events in relation to
this disease, in other parts of the country where they had worked
with local Faith Leaders to bring this topic to the attention of
Bedford Borough Council has recently received an award from the
International Glaucoma Association (IGA) due to their campaigning
on this topic within the local area.
If you would like to know more about Glaucoma,
please contact Bedford Borough Council’s Sensory Impairment Team on