Shining a light on glaucoma

17 March, 2017
Kayleigh Brown, Jim Gilchrist and Stephanie Coughtrie met local IGA volunteer May Gow
A local IGA representative visited Specsavers in Ayr to mark National Glaucoma Week

The Ayr opticians is raising awareness of glaucoma and encouraging regular eye examinations following World Glaucoma Week, which took place between 12-18 March.

Marking a UK-wide initiative in Ayr

Specsavers in Ayr welcomed a local representative from the International Glaucoma Association (IGA) to the store to meet staff to mark the launch of a UK-wide health information campaign in partnership between Specsavers and the IGA.

Glaucoma affects more than 64 million people worldwide making it the leading cause of irreversible blindness globally.

Keeping an eye on your health

Glaucoma is often described as the ‘silent thief of sight’ due to its gradual onset. In the early stages the condition is symptomless meaning that only an eye health professional can test for it and detect it.

Over time however the condition causes pressure to build on the optic nerve, causing damage which if left untreated can lead to blindness.

A routine eye test with an optician can detect signs of glaucoma and the sooner it is picked up the higher the chance of successfully treating it.

Linda Fulton, store director at Specsavers in Ayr, said: ‘The only way to know if your eyes are healthy and your vision is accurate is to have your eyes checked by an optician at least once every two years.’

By World Glaucoma Week, every Specsavers store including Ayr, had at least one optometrist who has completed the WOPEC (Wales Optometry Postgraduate Education Centre) Level 1 glaucoma accreditation, reinforcing their skills in detecting glaucoma and monitoring the signs of its progression, with Level 2 set to be achieved by September.

To donate to the IGA, text TEST17 £5 TO 70700 [Charity registered in England and Wales No.274681 and Scotland No. SC041550 To donate £3 to RNIB text DOTS to 70111

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