I was diagnosed in my forties with glaucoma about ten years ago by chance when I went to an optometrist to get glasses for computer work. I was completely unaware I had this condition. I went under the care of excellent ophthalmologists and I was initially treated with eyedrops, then had surgery in 2016. Unfortunately this was not successful, but I went on to have laser surgery this year, which so far has been effective.
Glaucoma is the biggest cause of blindness in New Zealand, affecting about 68,000 people. Sadly, one in two victims don't know they are being robbed of their vision because glaucoma affects peripheral vision rather than central vision. Like me, most people experience no symptoms until it's too late to repair the damage, which has been progressively worsening over a long period of time. Glaucoma damage can never be reversed but treatment may help prevent further damage.
I will be participating in the Auckland Marathon on 29 October as part of Team Guide Dogs to raise funds to breed and train guide dog puppies. These puppies need two years of training as well as special equipment such as harnesses and leads. Your donation will help them grow into life changing guide dogs and help those New Zealanders who are blind, or have low vision, to maintain their independence.
I've created this page because I want to make a difference. I'm inspired by the work of Blind Foundation (and Blind Foundation Guide Dogs) and wanted to support them by raising money as part of my participation in 2017 ASB Auckland Marathon. Please help me help them by giving whatever you can using the 'Give Now' button. The more people that know about Blind Foundation (and Blind Foundation Guide Dogs), the greater their impact, so please also spread the word by sharing my page with your friends and family. Thank you in advance for your generosity, it means a lot!