During National Glaucoma Awareness Week (6-12 June), the team in Hanley is encouraging those who know of glaucoma in their family to book an eye test with an optometrist, who can detect signs of glaucoma by carrying out simple tests.
Research shows that close relatives of glaucoma sufferers are up to four times more likely to develop the sight-threatening condition than those without a family history of the disease.
Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of preventable sight loss in the UK.
Store director, Robert Cannon, 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.’
Supported by Specsavers, National Glaucoma Week 2016 sees the International Glaucoma Association launch the Family Foresight campaign, which aims to raise awareness of family history linked with glaucoma. To make a donation to the International Glaucoma Association via Justgiving visit: https://campaign.justgiving.com/charity/iga/ngaw2016
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.’