This Wolrd Glaucoma Week, Specsavers Biggleswade is setting the record straight over glaucoma and the vital importance of an eye test in detecting and treating it early.
Surprise glaucoma facts
Did you know that glaucoma is one of the biggest causes of blindness in the world. In fact, more than 64 million people are affected but some don't even know because they are symptonless! Glaucoma strikes earlier and progresses faster in men and women of black-African or black-Caribbean origin and occurs about five times more often. Furthermore, the risk for glaucoma is 20% higher if the disease is in your family and blindness is about six times more common. Your age also plays a big part. Two in every 100 people over 40 are affected by the condition.’
But what is glaucoma?
Mrs Kam Chana, Specsavers Biggleswade store director and optometrist explained ‘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.’
 Censuswide carried out a survey on 2009 people in February 2020 on behalf of Specsavers and IGA