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Many people could be irretrievably damaging their vision

10 June, 2016
Boston families are urged to have their eyes tested if they have a family history of glaucoma
Boston families are urged to have their eyes tested if they have a family history of glaucoma

Specsavers in Boston are supporting National Glaucoma Awareness Week (6-12 June), and encouraging all those who have a close family member with glaucoma or a family history of the disease to book in for an eye examination in store.

Simple diagnosis

Optometrists at Specsavers Boston can detect signs of glaucoma, one of the leading causes of preventable sight loss in the UK, by carrying out three simple tests: observing the main nerve in the eye, measuring the pressure in the eye (puff test) and checking peripheral vision.

Amy Marshall, store director, says: ‘According to IGA Research, an estimated 600,000 people in the UK have glaucoma, but at least half haven’t been diagnosed. 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 Boston to make sure they have their eyes tested, especially if their siblings or parents have glaucoma.’

Launching the campaign

During National Glaucoma Week 2016, 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 says: ‘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.’

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