Clinicians collaborate to tackle the future of glaucoma care at this year’s GlaucomaFest
Today sees the launch of the GlaucomaFest report, a summary of crowdsourced solutions to some of the most pressing challenges facing glaucoma services in the UK.
The report was developed following the second annual GlaucomaFest, an international virtual conference followed by a series of four face-to-face creative workshops across the UK hosted by Santen.
Glaucoma specialist and general ophthalmologists from across the globe attended the conference via custom remote platform, chaired by Professor Miriam Kolko (Clinical Associate Professor of Translational Pharmacology at the Department of Clinical Medicine at the University of Copenhagen and chief assistant at the Copenhagen University Hospital) and Mr Karl Mercieca (Consultant Ophthalmologist and glaucoma lead at the University of Bonn Eye Clinic in Bonn, Germany). Over the day, nine world-leading experts presented on the latest in glaucoma care, ranging from congenital glaucoma to glaucoma in pregnancy.
UK clinicians were then invited to workshops in London, Newcastle, Liverpool and York, tasked with devising solutions to some of the most pressing challenges facing the nation’s glaucoma services. Using techniques from the creative industry, participants developed ideas ranging from photobooth-style testing facilities, to linking glaucoma centres in the UK together through a national database.
Paul Campbell, Marketing Manager at Santen, said: “Like much of the health service, glaucoma care has had to rapidly adapt to the challenges of the pandemic, such as patient backlogs, virtual check-ups and new safety measures. GlaucomaFest not only shared the latest thinking in care, but also allowed clinicians to collaborate on potential solutions whether though new ideas, fresh insights or simply by connecting with a colleague. Our in-person workshops, which were possible at the time and observed strict COVID-19 safety precautions, provided a valuable window for peer-to-peer connection – something that has been greatly missed during the past two years.’’
To read a summary of the workshop and crowdsourced solutions, clinicians are able to download the GlaucomaFest report and watch GlaucomaFest on demand on the SEE platform.
SEE (Santen educational events) is an online platform for the ophthalmology community in the UK and Ireland. To access SEE, please register here.
Find out more about GlaucomaFest and other events hosted by Santen, visit https://seesanten.com.