City, University of London hosts glaucoma meeting

The visual diversity of sea creatures, virtual clinics in glaucoma care and an update from Peek Vision were on the agenda at UKÉGS annual meeting


The latest developments and innovations in glaucoma care were showcased at the UK and Éire Glaucoma Society (UKÉGS) annual meeting (13–14 December, City, University of London).

At the meeting, Peek Vision’s chief executive, Dr Andrew Bastawrous, gave an update on smartphone technology that aims to improve global eye health by enhancing access to vision screening.

A special session at the meeting recognised the contribution of Oxford Eye Hospital’s John Salmon to glaucoma surgery and research.

Professor Anja Tuulonen, from Tampere University Hospital in Finland, delivered a presentation on the role of glaucoma clinicians in the wake of developments in artificial intelligence and robotics.

City, University of London’s Dr Tamsin Callaghan received a joint award from the International Glaucoma Association and The College of Optometrists for her planned work on the feasibility of home monitoring of people with glaucoma.

She will complete the work in collaboration with Dr Pete Campbell and members of the Crabb Lab.

City’s professor of statistics and vision research, David Crabb, who co-organised the meeting, said: “It was my honour to be the UKÉGS chairperson for 2018 and a real privilege to host and organise this prestigious meeting; it illustrates how optometry at City is at the centre of glaucoma research.

“We had a record number of scientific presentations and more exhibitors than ever before. The funds raised will help ensure UKÉGS and the International Glaucoma Association charity can continue to support research grants for the future,” he added.

Other research awards were made to Professor Colin Willoughby of the University of Liverpool and Professor Colm O’Brien of UCD Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Éire.

The 2019 UKÉGS annual meeting will be held between 21–22 November 2019 at the Science Centre, Glasgow.