Research shows that close relatives of glaucoma sufferers are up to four times more likely to develop the disease than those without a family history of the condition.
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In recognition of National Glaucoma Awareness Week (6-12 June), staff in Evesham are encouraging people in the area who are aware of glaucoma in their family to book an appointment to have their eyes checked.
Optometrists can detect signs of glaucoma, which is one of the leading causes of preventable sight loss in the UK, by carrying out some simple tests, including observing the main nerve in the eye and checking peripheral vision.
Store director, Amy Liau, 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.’
National Glaucoma Week 2016 sees the International Glaucoma Association (IGA) 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 IGA via Just Giving, visit: https://campaign.justgiving.com/charity/iga/ngaw2016
Russell Young, CEO of the IGA, said: ‘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.’