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Glaucoma NZ during COVID-19

Dear Glaucoma NZ community,

 

These are unprecedented times in the life of all New Zealanders. The COVID19 crisis has brought challenges for all of us. However, it is clear that New Zealanders lead the world in our commitment to overcoming these difficulties. 

GNZ is working hard off-site during the lockdown and will continue to do so in the coming months. Our team is working remotely from their homes. I would like to thank all of them for the dedication and commitment to continuing the work of GNZ. 

GNZ has produced an information sheet regarding some frequently asked questions about glaucoma and the COVID crisis. Please click here to access that.

There will also be articles in the upcoming edition of Eyelights that will continue to provide information. 

As you all know, the guidelines and restrictions are rapidly changing. GNZ will provide a COVID19 crisis update as information unfolds in terms of how the restrictions will affect your access to eye care. 

Here are some general principles that we hope will be of assistance.

  • Please communicate with your ophthalmologist and optometrist regularly during the crisis. They will be able to provide you with some guidance that is relevant to your specific level of glaucoma.
  • Most glaucoma is slowly progressive – so please do not panic if your next appointment has been delayed or canceled. If you are in high-risk groups such as over the age of 70, underlying respiratory problems, or diabetes, you will need to be cautious about attending your appointments.
  • Continue using your drops regularly – this is critical. If you are having side-effects or other questions about your drops contact your doctor.
  • Most of your eye care specialists are providing tele-consultations, so please do not hesitate to contact your specialist. 
  • Ophthalmologists and optometrists are in constant communication with health authorities and will have up-to-date guidance on the appropriate level of care to provide. 

If you have any questions, please reach out to us via email at info@glaucoma.org.nz

 

Yours sincerely,

Professor Helen Danesh-Meyer
Chair, Glaucoma NZ


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