Stourbridge opticians warns families of increased glaucoma risk
Research shows that close relatives of glaucoma sufferers are up to four times more likely to develop the disease than those without family history of the condition.
In recognition of National Glaucoma Awareness Week (6-12 June), staff in Stourbridge are encouraging locals who are aware of of glaucoma in their family to book in for an eye examination.
Preventable sight loss
Optometrists can detect signs of glaucoma, one of the leading causes of preventable sight loss in the UK, by carrying out simple tests.
‘An estimated 600,000 people in the UK have glaucoma, but at least half haven’t been diagnosed,’ store director, Terry Tam, said. ‘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 launch the Family Foresight campaign, supported by Specsavers. The campaign aims to raise awareness of family history linked with glaucoma.
Russell Young, CEO of the International Glaucoma Association 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.’
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