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Glaucoma

GLAUCOMA AWARENESS

 

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 Glaucoma Awareness.

 

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 local people. 

 

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 01234 718318.

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