Specsavers in South East London are raising awareness this World Glaucoma week (8th-14th March) to help people spot and treat the eye condition.
Glaucoma is a condition where the optic nerve which connects the eye to the brain becomes damaged.
What does this mean for me?
With the most common form of glaucoma, visual loss is initially very subtle, affecting mainly the peripheral vision rather than central, which can make it harder to notice.
Most people are not even aware there is any visual loss because of the way the eyes’ visual fields overlap to compensate for one another.
Some forms of glaucoma are more rapid with a sudden painful build-up of pressure in the eye which produces blurred vision and haloes around lights, but they are less common.
Other symptoms are:
- Intense eye pain
- Nausea and vomiting
- A red eye
- A headache
- Tenderness around the eyes
- Seeing rings around lights
- Blurred vision
What can I do?
Specsavers stores across South East London have recently adopted OCT (optical coherence tomography), the eye health check set to transform the industry’s evaluation of a customer’s overall eye health on our high streets.
The OCT uses light to take more than 1,000 images of the back of the eye including the retina and optic nerve. From here, its future-gazing potential produces a 3D image that can then help detect preventable, sight-threating conditions like Glaucoma up to four years earlier than a standard eye test.