Specsavers in Hillsborough is raising awareness about glaucoma, the leading cause of preventable blindness in the UK, during National Glaucoma Awareness Week (6-12 June).

Early diagnosis is key

Gary Bamford, store director at Hillsborough Specsavers said: ‘Glaucoma is a terrible condition to live with but thanks to vital research there are now treatments and solutions available. Early diagnosis is key, so we’re urging anyone who is regularly suffering from misty vision, intense pain or tender eyes to come and visit us in store.'

It is estimated that around 500,000 people across England and Wales have glaucoma but many more may be unaware that they are slowly losing their sight due to the condition1.

Early detection can be successfully treated

The disease can be treated, and 95 per cent of those who are diagnosed in the early stages of glaucoma maintain good sight throughout their lives. However, regular eye examinations are absolutely vital to detect the disease early and prevent any loss of sight.

Phil Banton, optometrist at Hillsborough Specsavers says: ‘I can’t stress enough how important it is to have your eyes tested at least once every two years. Glaucoma is known as ‘the thief of sight’, because the condition can become quite advanced before you even notice any symptoms.

‘We particularly want to reach out to Hillsborough residents that are over 40, have a family history of glaucoma, are of Afro-Caribbean descent or suffer from diabetes, poor circulation, migraines, short-sightedness or eye injuries, as these groups are at an increased risk of developing the disease.’

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1. http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Glaucoma/Pages/Introduction.aspx

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