Merton borough eyecare experts are highlighting the importance of regular screening in the fight against glaucoma.
The teams from Specsavers in Morden and Wimbledon are using World Glaucoma Week (March 6-12) to shine a light upon the condition and the important role eye tests can play in detecting and treating it.
More about glaucoma
Glaucoma is the general term used to describe damage to the optic nerve, most commonly caused by increased pressure in the eye when fluid within the eye, called aqueous humour, is unable to drain away properly. There is no cure for glaucoma but treatment can be very effecting in controlling the progression of the disease.
A word from the store director
Ray Hutchings, store director at Specsavers in Morden and Wilmbledon, said: ‘Glaucoma can exist with no noticeable symptoms and it is thought that more than half of cases in the UK go undetected.
‘Routine eye tests include a test for glaucoma and that is why it is so important to be vigilant and make time for regular screening.’
Anyone over the age of 40 with a first degree relative who suffers from glaucoma is entitled to an NHS eye examination in-store.
More about World Glaucoma Week
World Glaucoma Week is an annual initiative from the World Glaucoma Association and the World Glaucoma Patient Association which seeks to eliminate glaucoma blindness.