Eye health experts in Cambridgeshire Specsavers stores have joined forces to raise awareness of glaucoma, the biggest cause of blindness in the world.
What is glaucoma?
Glaucoma occurs when naturally occurring fluid inside the eye does not drain properly, causing a build-up of pressure. The condition often affects both eyes, usually to varying degrees, however, there are two types - chronic glaucoma which develops slowly with subtle changes to your vision, and acute glaucoma which develops rapidly with a sudden, painful build-up of pressure in the eye.
- More than 64 million people worldwide but many don’t even realise they have it due to the gradual onset nature of the condition.
- The risk for glaucoma is 20% higher if the disease is in your family and blindness is about six times more common.
- Glaucoma strikes earlier and progresses faster in men and women of black-African or black-Caribbean origin and occurs about five times more often.
- Two in every 100 people over 40 are affected by the condition.
- Celebrities known to have glaucoma include U2 singer Bono, Whoopi Goldberg, Dame Maggie Smith and Andrea Bocelli.
How can you combat glaucoma and prevent avoidable sight loss?
A regular eye test is the only way to ensure glaucoma is detected and treated early. It is therefore essential people are aware they should be visiting their optometrist every two years.