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FREE glaucoma community information forum

Prof Crowston pointing to eye diagramGlaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible blindness worldwide and affects an estimated 300,000 Australians. Alarmingly, half of these people do not know they have the condition and with no early warning signs, glaucoma often remains undiagnosed until significant, permanent vision loss has already occurred.

The Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA) has the largest research group in Australia performing basic science research into the causes and treatments of optic nerve damage and vision loss in glaucoma.

This week, members of the public will have the opportunity to hear directly from our experts at a free community information forum, covering the latest research in glaucoma. The forum will run from 11.00am-12.00pm on Thursday 15 August. Light refreshments will be served from 10.30am.

Topics covered will include an update on eye drops versus laser treatment, exercise for eye health and an overview of glaucoma diagnosis by Dr Catherine Green, Head of the Glaucoma Unit at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital.

CERA’s Managing Director and Head of the Glaucoma Research Unit, Professor Jonathan Crowston will host the event.

“This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in learning more about this common eye condition,” said Professor Crowston. “In particular, we’ll be exploring current treatment options and what we can do to improve detection rates and management of glaucoma.”

The event will be held at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital in East Melbourne and is free to attend, however bookings are essential for catering purposes. Please call 1300 737 757 to book your place or email cera-community@unimelb.edu.au.