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Right Arrow Glaucoma group hosts international association
01 November 2010 at 10:05

Southport and West Lancs Glaucoma Support Group has won the backing of the International Glaucoma Association.
The local group was established earlier this year with the help of consultant ophthalmic surgeon Jose Gonzalez-Martin, of Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.
“Support groups can really help both patients and families but, until we founded the local group, the nearest one was in Bolton,” he said.
“I am delighted that the Association is sponsoring our October meeting and telling us about the work they do for people across the country.”
The meeting will be held in the Windsor Suite at the Royal Clifton Hotel in Southport on Wednesday 27th October from 2.30pm to 5.30pm. Light refreshments will be served and there is free car parking at the hotel.
Anyone who would like to join the group should call the chair, Dorothy Gerrard, on 01704 539407.

Issued by Tony Ellis, marketing and communications manager
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust
Telephone 01704 704494
Email tonyellis@nhs.net


Notes for editors
Glaucoma is the name given to a group of eye conditions that affect vision.
Research suggests that a form of glaucoma affects about two out of every
100 people in the UK who are over 40. Because the risk of glaucoma increases as you get older, it's important to have your eyes tested regularly.
Glaucoma often affects both eyes, usually in varying degrees. One eye may develop glaucoma quicker than the other. If glaucoma is left untreated, it could lead to blindness, being one of the main reasons of people registering as blind in the UK.
Therefore, early detection and treatment is very important. If it's diagnosed and treated early enough, further damage to vision can be prevented.