Friday 8 February 2013

Joining forces to improve eye patient care

The International Glaucoma Association (IGA) and the Macular Society have announced a collaboration which aims to ensure patients get good quality information about their eye condition.
The two charities will be working together from this month and a dedicated team will travel across the UK visiting hospital eye clinics, providing access to free patient literature and delivering presentations to staff on both glaucoma and macular disease.
Chief executive of the IGA, David Wright, said: “This collaboration has allowed us to extend our services right across England, Scotland and Wales, so patients across all three countries will benefit. 
“We are both patient-based charities providing much-needed information, advice and support, so it is crucial that eye health professionals and patients are aware of the resources the IGA and the Macular Society offer. 
“We are all working in a challenging economic climate, but by coming together, we can continue to reach and help new patients and work with professionals to improve patient care.” 
Chief executive of the Macular Society, Helen Jackman (pictured), added: “We are delighted to be working with the IGA. We share the same aims – to make sure patients have access to good quality information about their condition and that they, and health staff, know about the support services we, and other organisations, offer. This collaboration will make it possible for us to reach more patients.”  
Glaucoma and macular degeneration are two of the biggest causes of sight loss in the UK. Half of all people registered with sight loss have age-related macular degeneration which mainly affects people over 65.