Partner update: Jane Friend
Empowering people and offering peer support is an integral part of the OPTiC Project, so when it was identified that there were no support groups in York for people with Glaucoma, we had to take action!
We held our first meeting in the Ophthalmology Seminar Room at York Hospital on 14th November 2013. 14 people attended the event and listened to a talk given by David Harris, Development Manager from the International Glaucoma Association on “Glaucoma and your Driving Licence” and “Are you using your eye drops properly?” The talks were very well received and initiated a lot of discussion about these issues and also glaucoma, specifically peoples experiences and how they are managing.
Happily, the feedback was excellent. All the participants reported that they had found the morning invaluable and wished that they had been able to join something similar much earlier in their sight loss journey.
Next steps: We aim to organise another meeting in March 2014, and support the participants to take over the running and development of a Glaucoma Support Group that will long continue beyond the OPTiC Project.