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Enfield pensioner Maureen Hart attends conference at House of Lords before World Sight Day
A pensioner who was diagnosed with glaucoma five years ago found out more about her condition at a conference at the House of Lords.
Maureen Hart, of Enfield, attended the reception on Wednesday, October 9, the eve of World Sight Day.
Diagnosed with glaucoma in October 2008, the 73-year-old met MPs, Lords and leading eye surgeons to find out about patient priorities.
She said: “When I was diagnosed it was such a shock that I panicked, thinking I would go blind in a matter of weeks, not knowing anything about the condition. I’ve since had two trabeculectomy operations and I am hoping this will hold back the progression.
“I was privileged to attend the glaucoma workshop. I have found out so much about all the research work that is being done in all areas of eye disease, including my condition, and I’m sure that with funding made available, many of these conditions will be able to prevented and cured in the future.”
With more than 1,150 people in the borough living with sight loss, organisations are working together on a report to find out what those closest to the conditions most want.
For more information about the report, go to www.fightforsight.org.uk/sightlosspsp