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New forum for glaucoma patients

Tuesday, 27 November 2012
Cwm Taf Health Board’s Ophthalmology Nurse Heather Loweth has set up a forum for the Glaucoma patients, relatives and carers within Cwm Taf.  The group is the brainchild of ophthalmology nurse Heather Loweth who wanted to give patients an opportunity to learn more about the condition.
Glaucoma is the name given to a group of eye conditions which cause optic nerve damage and can affect vision. It damages the optic nerve at the point where it leaves your eye.
Ms Loweth said: “These meetings have proved very encouraging, patients have had demonstrations on how to use eyedrops and have been given leaflets and booklets which are relevant to their particular diagnosis.
“Feedback from the patients has been good, with most of them welcoming the opportunity to ask questions that they may not have felt comfortable asking on their first consultation.”
The glaucoma forums are held at Ysbyty Cwm Rhondda and last around one hour. But it is hoped they will be extended to Prince Charles Hospital, in Merthyr Tydfil and the Royal Glamorgan Hospital, in Llantrisant. 
For more details about glaucoma or the dates of the next forums please contact the ophthalmic nurses on 01443 443 443 ext 4824.
Further information on Glaucoma eye condition can be found at
For media enquires please contact Sharon Draper, Communications Officer on 01443 744 927 or e-mail Sharon.draper@wales.nhs.uk
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