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Support group set up for glaucoma patients at East Surrey Hospital
2:30pm Saturday 14th September 2013 in Local News
Specialist staff at East Surrey Hospital in Redhill are to hold the first meeting of a new support group for people suffering from glaucoma.
The group, 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 and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, will be meeting for the first time on Wednesday, September 25.
Glaucoma is an eye disease which can lead to irreversible vision loss.
It 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.”
She said: “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.”
The guest speaker at the inaugural meeting will be Subhash Suthar from the International Glaucoma Association.
All newly diagnosed patients and patients with long-standing glaucoma are welcome to attend.
The meeting will be held in the hospital’s Trust HQ, Room 7 and 8, at 4pm.
For more information visit the Trust's website at: www.surreyandsussex.nhs.uk