The Worcestershire Glaucoma Support Group was formed in 2009 and is led by Mr Tarun Sharma, Consultant Ophthalmologist at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust who specialises in Glaucoma.
Around 15,000 people are affected by glaucoma and related conditions in the county. Receiving a diagnosis for such conditions can instil many worries and concerns in patients and some find it difficult to focus on the questions they need to ask at the time of their consultation in hospital. This may lead to problems such as taking their medication incorrectly.
The support group provides patient-to-patient interaction and networking which can help people feel less isolated and distressed. It will provide access to the most current information regarding available treatments and share experiences with those who have undergone these treatments.
The overall aim is to help improve outcomes of glaucoma interventions and improve the quality of life of all glaucoma patients and their relatives.
The support group hold 3-4 meetings every year and is supported by Mr Sharma’s Glaucoma team, Sister Sara Ruck and Glaucoma Service Co-ordinator Sally Hunter.
Advice for Clinic appointments:
At this consultation your past medical history will be recorded and a thorough eye examination will be performed. The examination is painless, so there is nothing to worry about, but it may be lengthy, as it may be necessary to dilate your pupils. You should expect to spend up to an hour at the clinic. Every effort is made to see you as close to your scheduled appointment, however, emergencies do occur and consultations sometimes take longer than expected.
Following your consultation, your ocular condition will be discussed with you, as well as the approach to treatment and the results you could expect to achieve.