Glaucoma is the leading cause of sight loss, according to experts at the Royal National Institute for Blind People (RNIB) and Specsavers.
Here to help
But are you at risk of getting glaucoma? And if you are, what can you do about it? Fortunately, the eye health experts at the two Specsavers stores in Norwich are here to help.
Ian Sinha, ophthalmic director at the stores in White Lion Street and St Stephens Street, explains.
Am I at risk of getting glaucoma?
We all are. While it is more common in older adults, those with other eye conditions, those with a family history of glaucoma and people from certain ethnic groups, anyone can get glaucoma at any time in their life.
Can I prevent it?
No. But you can increase your chances of it being detected early by having regular eye tests. This is really important, as any sight you lose before it is identified and managed cannot be restored.
How often should I have an eye test?
We recommend that everyone has an eye test every two years unless you have been told to have one more often. Glaucoma can often show no symptoms in the early stages – but if you do notice any blurring of your vision you should come and see us, even if your next test is not due for a while.
If I do get glaucoma, how can it be treated?
Your treatment would be individual to you, but a lot of people just need to use eye drops regularly to decrease the chances of their sight loss getting worse.
Our retail teams in our Norwich stores have recently improved their skills in helping people effectively apply those drops, so if you do need help or advice you should come and see us soon.