Research shows that close relatives of people who suffer with glaucoma could be up to four times more likely to develop the disease than those without a family history of the sight-threatening condition. 

Recognising glaucoma

This week, in recognition of National Glaucoma Awareness Week, the Cowley store is encouraging local people to book eye tests if they are aware of a family history of glaucoma. Optometrists can detect signs of glaucoma by carrying out three simple tests, including observing the main nerve in the eye and checking peripheral vision.

Store director, Jason Komodikis, said: ‘An estimated 600,000 people in the UK have glaucoma, but at least half haven’t been diagnosed. Many are unaware that glaucoma can be hereditary and signs go unnoticed, especially in the early stages when there are often no symptoms. 

‘Early detection means the condition can be monitored and future damage to vision minimised, which is why we’re asking everyone in the area to make sure they have their eyes tested, especially if their siblings or parents have glaucoma.’ 

Family Foresight campaign

National Glaucoma Week 2016 sees the International Glaucoma Association launch the Family Foresight campaign, supported by Specsavers, which aims to raise awareness of family history linked with glaucoma. To make a donation to the International Glaucoma Association via Justgiving visit:

Russell Young, CEO of the International Glaucoma Association, commented: ‘We’re pleased to be working with Specsavers to highlight the importance of regular eye health checks. As glaucoma is not well understood, many people could be irretrievably damaging their vision without realising it. Detection, diagnosis and treatment can help to save vision.’

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