This week, in recognition of National Glaucoma Awareness Week (6-12 June), Specsavers in Buxton are encouraging all the local community who know of glaucoma in their family to book in for an eye examination at their opticians.
Possible family link
Research suggests that people can be up to four times more susceptible of developing glaucoma if they have close family members who suffer with this sight-threatening disease.
“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.” Tom Rhodes, store director at Specsavers in Buxton.
Three stage simple test
Optometrists 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.
‘Early detection means the condition can be monitored and future damage to vision minimised, which is why we’re asking everyone in Buxton to make sure they have their eyes tested, especially if their siblings or parents have 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.’
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.
To make a donation to the International Glaucoma Association via Justgiving visit: https://campaign.justgiving.com/charity/iga/ngaw2016