Glaucoma support group outgrows its meeting place

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A support group for people affected by the eye condition glaucoma has proved so popular that it has outgrown its meeting place.

Now MK hospital patient asupport group has organised a new venue at the Ridgeway Centre in Wolverton Mill South.

And anybody interested is invited to attend the next meeting in October.

Glaucoma is a condition which can affect sight, usually due to the build up of pressure within the eye.

It is estimated that more than 500,000 people in England and Wales have glaucoma but many more are undiagnosed.

Glaucoma link nurse Jill Kimber said: “The meetings have proved really popular with patients and their families and include a mix of information and support, along with the chance to ask questions in an informal setting. Feedback from our first few meetings has been so positive. Patients have been really pleased to be able to find out more about their condition in a relaxed environment.”

Consultant Mr Areeb Moosavi will be giving a talk on ‘Demystifying Glaucoma’. His colleague, consultant ophthalmologist Mr Bimal Kumar will be speaking about ‘Dry Eyes’, and one of their patients will be chatting about his own experience of living with glaucoma.

Mr Subhash Suthar from the International Glaucoma Association will be speaking on the important role of eye drops in the management of the condition.

The meeting will be held on Friday October 16, from 6-8pm. Refreshments will be provided.