Refer a patient

Help prevent blindness from glaucoma and refer a patient!

Optometrists with a patient who is a glaucoma suspect will often refer their patient to an ophthalmologist but did you know they can also refer patients to Glaucoma NZ at this initial stage. the patients are offered free education, peer to peer support and encouragement to attend ophthalmologist appointments which often results in a changed decision to get their diagnosis confirmed and managed before their sight is compromised or their quality of life impacted.

International research has shown early support works! – In fact, a recent survey of 899 patients in Australia who had been supported by Glaucoma Australia’s services revealed that after receiving the support, 92% stated they frequently/always attended their glaucoma appointments and 87% stated they had not missed their prescribed glaucoma treatment in the previous two weeks. Data collected from newly diagnosed patients revealed that 50% of patients contacted had made an appointment with an ophthalmologist and 11% were on a waiting list. However, 39% stated they would not be acting on their referral. Of the 61% who stated they intended to attend their initial appointment, it was revealed 37% did not actually attend.

Data collected from newly diagnosed patients revealed that while 50% of patients contacted had made an appointment with an ophthalmologist and 11% were on a waiting list, however, 39% stated they would not be acting on their referral. Of the 61% who stated they intended to attend their initial appointment, it was revealed 37% did not actually attend.

We believe that promoting glaucoma examinations to family members of individuals with a diagnosis of glaucoma is an area of great opportunity to improve early detection of glaucoma. The strongly genetic nature of glaucoma is well-known, with first-degree relatives 23–56% more likely to inherit the disease. This means of the currently undiagnosed New Zealanders with glaucoma, approximately 60,000 could also have a relative with glaucoma

The value of a glaucoma NZ membership

Reaching at Risk Relatives

Glaucoma NZ encourages those with glaucoma to tell their first-degree relatives to get tested for glaucoma from the earlier age of 40 due to their genetic predisposition through education, support and campaigns

Improve Appointment Attendance

For a variety of reasons, a  high proportion of people hold off either making or attending this extremely important appointment. Glaucoma NZ wants to improve those statics in New Zealand with education and peer to peer support to everyone referred by an optometrist or health professional

Increase treatment adherence

We provide accessible multi-language communications, easy to use eye drop instillation aids and step by step guides of eye drop instillation techniques to help improve adherence to prescribed treatments

A referral to Glaucoma NZ is Free!

At Glaucoma NZ, we can help your patient to understand their glaucoma diagnosis and how important it is to follow your treatment plan and attend appointments.

Our support networks and education materials have been developed because we know that encouragement helps patients adhere to glaucoma treatment plan and keep regular appointments to monitor their glaucoma. We know this can prevent vision loss.

When you enrol your patients with GNZ they will receive, free of charge, ongoing education and support throughout their journey of living with glaucoma.

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