World Glaucoma Week 2024

March 10-16 marks World Glaucoma Week 2024, a global initiative to raise awareness of glaucoma, one of the leading causes of sight loss.

We spoke with Sana Hamid, one of the newest consultants to join our glaucoma service, to learn why she chose glaucoma as her speciality, and what advice she offers to patients and people concerned that they are at risk of glaucoma:

“I’ve been a consultant in the glaucoma service at Moorfields for six months, but I’ve been with the team before that for three years as a registrar and fellow. I could not see myself working anywhere else because of the way Moorfields looks after patients with glaucoma, particularly due to the strong quality ethos, offering best care early, and the opportunities of learning from an extremely experienced multidisciplinary team.

Sana Hamid news

“I hope to work with my team to provide high-quality, safe and organised glaucoma care for patients with the latest surgical techniques and treatments, and most importantly to ensure the patients feel cared for, listened to, and looked after.

“In the long term, I want to develop my experience by supporting in areas of pathway transformation, as well as join charity missions in developing countries to provide glaucoma care and training in glaucoma management.

“What interests me about glaucoma is definitely the complex and challenging nature of the pathology, and the variety of surgery to be offered. The intensive follow-up care required after surgery means we get to know our patients well, which I really enjoy, and we follow them through their journey to achieve the best possible outcomes for them.

“The biggest advice I would give people concerned if they are at risk of glaucoma would be to visit your local optician every year for an eye check, particularly if you have a family history of glaucoma, are over 50, or from an African-Caribbean or Asian background. They will be able to run tests and pick up any signs or risk factors for glaucoma and ensure you are referred. Generally, a healthy diet, not smoking, and regular exercise are protective for many conditions, including glaucoma!

“Glaucoma does not have any symptoms early on, so it is key to attend for examination and tests to assess the stage of the glaucoma and intervene at the earliest time possible, because if interventions are delayed, unfortunately, the damage is usually irreversible. This can impact your daily life, mobility and activities like reading and driving.

“If you’re already being seen for glaucoma, it’s important to keep taking your eye medications on time, to help preserve as much of the visual field as possible. After surgery, the post-operative visits and medications are crucial in ensuring optimal results. If you are having trouble with attending appointments or taking eyedrops please do tell us, as there are measures we can take to help you. Be your own advocate - ask questions, attend your appointments, and tell us your concerns and wishes.”


24 March 2024