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IRDCOUNTS: The Cost to Wellbeing when living with an IRD
On World Sight Day, 2020, Retina International published a Cost of Illness study outlining the economic burden of IRDs in the US and Canada. This was the second publication in our suite of IRDCOUNTS studies, following a pilot study carried out in the UK and Republic of Ireland in 2019.
Amongst many key findings from these studies, one stood out above all: across all four countries studied to date, “wellbeing” has consistently ranked as the largest cost to those who live with an IRD. The scale and significance of these findings has warranted further discussion on what is a clear and urgent unmet need for the IRD community.
So, how do we define wellbeing? How were these costs calculated? What factors are making such a significant impact on the wellbeing of those living with IRDs - and how do we mitigate them?
In line with our theme for 2021 – “Inclusion & Wellbeing”, Retina International will welcome a diverse panel of global perspectives that will shine a light on complex issues such as: care pathways, rehabilitation, self-care, and the mental health of those living with an IRD.

This webinar will take place on February 4th 2021, at 5pm CET on Zoom. There will be a Q&A session, and we encourage participants to email their questions or comments to registration@retina-international.org either prior to or during the event. The chat-box and Q&A function in Zoom will not be operational during the webinar for accessibility purposes.
The webinar will be recorded and made available on-demand and on our YouTube channel after the live event.
Please click here to register for “IRDCOUNTS; The cost to wellbeing when living with an IRD” taking place at 5pm CET on February 4th 2021.

Supporting Materials
The Cost of Illness documents are available on the Retina International “Know Your Code” portal www.retina-kyc.org.
In case you missed it, view the launch webinar on our YouTube channel, which took place on October 22nd 2020.
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