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City hosts UK and Éire Glaucoma Society (UKÉGS) Annual Meeting 2018

The UKÉGS annual meeting 2018 was an opportunity for glaucoma researchers, specialists and those involved in the management of the condition to hear about the latest research and developments in the field.

by Shamim Quadir (Senior Communications Officer)

Glaucoma is a common eye condition where the optic nerve, which connects the eye to the brain, becomes damaged.

Most types of glaucoma have no symptoms, so a regular eye test is the only way to know you have the condition. If not diagnosed and treated early, glaucoma can lead to permanent vision loss.

Hosted by City, University of London, the UK and Éire Glaucoma Society (UKÉGS) annual meeting 2018 was an opportunity for glaucoma researchers, specialists, and those involved in the management of glaucoma to hear about the latest research and developments in the field, with the overall aim of promoting, protecting and fostering the interests and care of people having or at risk of developing glaucoma.

Highlights from the two-day meeting included the UKÉGS 2018 Hitchings Lecture delivered by Professor Anja Tuulonen, Tampere University Hospital, Finland. She asked, ‘Do glaucomatologists represent out-dated technology in the world of AI and robotics?’ and shared information outlining how practice works in Finland.

A special session was held in honour of John Salmon, Oxford Eye Hospital, to thank him for his tremendous contributions to glaucoma surgery and research.

CEO of Peek Vision, Dr Andrew Bastawrous, gave a wider talk about what his organisation does to bring better vision and health to people through technology and other methods, particularly in developing countries.

City are also delighted that the UKÉGS prize-giving session included the joint International Glaucoma Association and The College of Optometrists award.

The award was granted to the University's Dr Tamsin Callaghan, in collaboration with Dr Pete Campbell and members of the Crabb Lab, for her planned work on the feasibility of home monitoring of people with glaucoma.

Other research awards were made to Professor Colin Willoughby of the University of Liverpool and Professor Colm O’Brien of UCD Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Éire.

David Crabb, Professor of Statistics and Vision Research at City, and who co-organised the meeting, said:

“It was my honour to be the UKÉGS chairperson for 2018 and a real privilege to host and organise this prestigious meeting; it illustrates how Optometry at City is at the centre of glaucoma research. We had a record number of scientific presentations and more exhibitors than ever before. The funds raised will help ensure UKÉGS and the International Glaucoma Association charity can continue to support research grants for the future.”

Karen Osborn, CEO for the International Glaucoma Association, which provided administrative and event management support for the meeting, said:

This was another great UKÉGS conference, with more exhibitors and more delegates than ever before. It’s always a really valuable learning opportunity for our team, and good to catch up with the movers and shakers in the glaucoma world.

To find out more about what happened at the UKÉGS annual meeting 2018, explore the #UKEGS2018 hashtag on Twitter.

The 2019 UKÉGS annual meeting will be held on 21st and 22nd November 2019 at the Science Centre, Glasgow. Further details will be available on the UKÉGS website in due course.

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