Research shows that relatives of those who suffer with glaucoma are up to four times more likely to develop the condition than those without a family history of the disease. 

Family history 

In recognition of National Glaucoma Awareness Week, the team in store is encouraging all locals who know of a history of glaucoma in their family to book in for an eye examination.

Optometrists can detect signs of glaucoma, one of the leading causes of preventable sight loss in the UK, by carrying out simple tests, including observing the main nerve in the eye, measuring pressure in the eye (puff test) and checking peripheral vision. 

‘An estimated 600,000 people in the UK have glaucoma, but at least half haven’t been diagnosed,’ Tim Reeves, store director, commented. ‘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 parents or grandparents have glaucoma.’ 

Family Foresight campaign

National Glaucoma Week 2016 sees the International Glaucoma Association launch the Family Foresight campaign. Supported by Specsavers, the aim of the campaign is 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 says: ‘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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