“I wanted to do everything I could to prevent this.” – Wendy Probert, glaucoma patient and CERA supporter
Wendy was diagnosed with glaucoma in her mid-50s when a routine eye check found the pressure in her eyes was increasing.
She knew she had an increased risk of developing glaucoma due to her family history – years ago, her grandmother lost her vision to glaucoma.
Wendy’s mother, Beryl, is affected by age-related macular degeneration, so the family understands the importance of regular eye health checks.
“We are very aware of eye issues because of what happened to my grandmother and mother, and I was heading that way as well,” says Wendy.
Wendy has vivid childhood memories of her grandmother losing her sight to glaucoma. It had a devastating impact on her life. As her sight declined, she could no longer garden or sew, and her mobility and safety were hugely compromised.
For Wendy, knowing the impact glaucoma could have on the quality of her life, the diagnosis of her own risk of developing glaucoma was alarming and she wanted to do everything she could to prevent its progression.
Wendy underwent successful laser treatment to create a small hole in each eye to relieve the pressure and prevent potential damage to the optic nerve. Thankfully, her glaucoma is now stable.
We need your help to find better glaucoma treatments.
Many people are not aware of the need to have regular eye checks. Glaucoma can be tricky to diagnose and is often diagnosed too late.
Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that cause progressive damage to the optic nerve, the connection between the eye and the brain.
The optic nerve is a bit like a cable that connects a camera to a computer. Glaucoma interrupts this transfer of visual information. As the disease develops, the optic nerve becomes progressively damaged, leading to a loss of peripheral vision.
Sadly, some patients with severe glaucoma continue to lose their sight even when very low eye pressure is achieved. These patients are at a high risk of going blind.
Your donation today will ensure our glaucoma research can continue to progress.
We are committed to better understanding what causes vision loss in glaucoma and identifying targeted interventions for protecting and restoring the neurons responsible for vision.
We already know that new treatments, including gene therapy and stem cell transplantation could be life changing.
The researchers at CERA are incredibly excited by the progress we are making and the future of this sight-saving research.