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Glaucoma information evening at Westmorland General

laser presentation[U]niversity Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT) and Sight Advice South Lakes will host a special informative session for members of the public on Glaucoma and daily living aids, at the end of June.

Glaucoma is a condition which can affect sight, usually due to build-up of pressure within the eye. If left untreated, glaucoma leads to gradual loss of sight and can eventually lead to blindness.

The evening, being held at Westmorland General Hospital on Monday 27 June 2016, is aimed primarily for people recently diagnosed with glaucoma but will also be useful for anyone who would like to understand more about their condition.

Mr Georgios Limitsios, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, UHMBT, who will be speaking at the event said: “This is an evening to help patients improve their understanding of Glaucoma and be more involved with its management.”

Margaret McClure, Sight Support Coordinator from Sight Advice South Lakes, said: “There is a huge amount of equipment to help people with sight loss. Some of the items available for people to try on the evening will be; easy to see clock and watches, big button phones, reading and writing aids as well as a range of talking items.

“This is an ideal opportunity to meet others living with glaucoma and to share common experiences. Learning from each other helps to avoid the feeling of isolation that can come with this eye disease.”

The session is being held in the Macular Unit at Westmorland General Hospital (WGH) on Monday 27 June 2016 from 6pm to 8pm. The evening is open to patients, families and carers.

For more information or to book a place please contact the eye clinic by calling 01539 715371.

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