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Increased Optometry Input into Glaucoma Australia Awareness Activities

In a move that further recognises the importance of optometry in managing patients with glaucoma and improving the low glaucoma detection rates in Australia, Glaucoma Australia has made a second optometrist appointment to its Council of Management (Council).


New Research Partnership Targets Relatives of People with Glaucoma

NHMRC funds the TARRGET study for three years, 2017 to 2019


Glaucoma Australia Partnership to Help Over 300,000 Australians

MedAdvisor Limited (ASX: MDR, the Company), Australia’s leading digital medication adherence company, is pleased to announce that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Glaucoma Australia Inc, to help improve medication adherence in patients living with glaucoma.


Yoga Positions and Glaucoma

Some yoga positions may impact eye pressure in people with glaucoma


New partnership to promote awareness of glaucoma

With the total cost of glaucoma on the Australian economy rising by $120 million per year, two of Australia’s foremost professional associations have established a new partnership to increase awareness of this debilitating eye disease.


Memorandum of Understanding

between Optometry Australia and Glaucoma Australia Incorporated


Glaucoma Australia supports collaborative care for best patient health outcomes

Glaucoma Australia welcomes the reinstatement of collaborative care arrangements between ophthalmologists and optometrists for patients with glaucoma.


Blue Mountains Save Sight 2014 Charity Concert

A charity performance for Glaucoma Australia featuring The Rat Pack, Cool Classics with a Fresh Twist and Soprano Shu-Cheen Yu an Art Exhibition, silent auction and raffle at Fairmont Resort, 1 Sublime Point Road, Leura.


A new glaucoma initiative: the TARRGET program

In a partnership with Flinders University (SA) and the Lions Eye Institute (WA), Glaucoma Australia are funding the Targeting At Risk Relatives of Glaucoma patients for Early diagnosis and Treatment study (TARRGET), to increase knowledge and awareness of the increased risk of glaucoma to close family members of those known to be affected. The pilot phase of the study is planned to run for one year, with a further one year extension planned.


Glaucoma Australia Supports Bi-Annual Eye Examinations for Over 45s

Glaucoma is a common disease affecting around 3% of the population over 40 years of age. The disease is often asymptomatic with figures suggesting it remains undiagnOsed in up to 50% of patients. Part of the reason for this is poor public awareness of the disease and failure to have their eyes examined before the age of 45 years. Patients typically attend an optometrist for their first eye examination and vision health screening and this provides an opportunity for detection and management of asymptomatic eye disease such as glaucoma.


Beat Invisible Glaucoma – IT’S B.I.G.

A new campaign launched today – Beat Invisible Glaucoma - is calling on Australians to fight the disease which is the world’s leading cause of irreversible blindness.


Beat Invisible Glaucoma - Online Photo Competition

The B.I.G: Beat Invisible Glaucoma photographic competition once again raised awareness of glaucoma, which remains as the only preventable form of age-related blindness.

People were asked to submit a photograph, including why their photo was relevant to a chosen category.

Click the Learn More button below to see the winning entries.


TGA Sanctions against Bright Eyes Eye Drops for Glaucoma

The Australian Therapeutic Goods Association (TGA) has found that an internet advertisement used to promote Bright Eyes Eye Drops for Glaucoma has breached sections of the Advertising Code.


Glaucoma and the Oral Contraceptive Pill

Recently there have been media reports of new research suggesting that taking the oral contraceptive pill may double a person’s lifetime risk of developing glaucoma; a neurodegenerative eye disease that can cause blindness, especially if detected late or if it remains untreated.


Optometrists are a vital link to connect glaucoma patients to Glaucoma Australia services

Optometry Australia and Glaucoma Australia are working together, as part of a Memorandum of Understanding signed in October last year, to set up a chain of communication to help every patient with glaucoma receive support and information from Glaucoma Australia.


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The TGA recently published information regarding Bright Eyes eye drops

Safety advisory

Consumers are advised not to purchase Bright Eyes products being offered for sale on the internet.

Overseas-based websites are selling products called 'Bright Eyes eye drops for Cataracts' and 'Bright Eyes eye drops for Glaucoma'. Some of these websites may create the impression that they have Australian-based operations.

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Interview with Geoff Pollard, national executive officer for Glaucoma Australia on SBS radio.

Glaucoma Week 2014.

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Cole Classic swim 

"A dedicated group of swimmers has formed Team Glaucoma and they will swim in the Cole Classic to raise awareness and funds for Glaucoma Australia awareness activities- in 2014 focussing on those with a family member already diagnosed with glaucoma. If you have a direct relative with glaucoma you are up to ten times more likely to have glaucoma in your lifetime than someone in the general population.

Sunday 2nd February 2014


Mediterranean Cruise Winners

Cruise ShipThe Glaucoma Australia Mediterranean Cruise and flights for two lottery was drawn at the Annual General Meeting of the Association on Tuesday 26th November, 2013.

Congratulations to the winner, Mr A J Hepworth from Shell Cove NSW.

Mr Hepworth and travelling companion will enjoy a wonderful cruise between Barcelona and Venice sometime in 2014.

Thanks to all who bought tickets, helping to raise funds to support life-changing awareness, education and research work.

Glaucoma Australia Charity Fundraising No. 10589
Victorian Permit No. 10943/13