Cheltenham opticians encourage families to focus on glaucoma
Research shows that close relatives of glaucoma sufferers are up to four times more likely to develop the condition than people without a family history of the disease.
Family history link
This week, during National Glaucoma Awareness Week (6-12 June), the store is encouraging locals who know of glaucoma in their family to book in for an eye examination.
Optometrists can detect signs of glaucoma by carrying out three simple tests - observing the main nerve in the eye, measuring the pressure in the eye and checking peripheral vision.
‘An estimated 600,000 people in the UK have glaucoma, but at least half haven’t been diagnosed,’ store director, Melanie Brackstone, explained. ‘Many are unaware that glaucoma can be hereditary and signs go unnoticed, especially in the early stages when there are often no symptoms.
‘Early detection means the condition can be monitored and future damage to vision minimised, which is why we’re asking everyone in the area to make sure they have their eyes tested, especially if their siblings or parents have glaucoma.’
Family Foresight campaign
National Glaucoma Week 2016 sees the International Glaucoma Association launch the Family Foresight campaign, supported by Specsavers, which aims to raise awareness of family history linked with glaucoma.
Russell Young, CEO of the International Glaucoma Association, commented: ‘We’re pleased to be working with Specsavers to highlight the importance of regular eye health checks. As glaucoma is not well understood, many people could be irretrievably damaging their vision without realising it. Detection, diagnosis and treatment can help to save vision.’