Research shows that relatives of glaucoma sufferers are much more likely to develop the sight-threatening disease than those without a family history of the condition.
Importance of regular eye tests
In recognition of National Glaucoma Awareness Week, the team at Stratford upon Avon is encouraging all locals who are aware of glaucoma in their family to book an eye test. Optometrists can detect signs of glaucoma, one of the leading causes of preventable sight loss in the UK, by carrying out simple tests.
Store director Jonathan Belcher, commented: ‘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 parents or grandparents have glaucoma.’
Family history link
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 via Justgiving, visit: https://campaign.justgiving.com/charity/iga/ngaw2016
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.’