During World Glaucoma Week, last week, Specsavers highlighted the importance of regular sight tests in detecting potentially sight threatening conditions.
£1 dontaed for each puff test
Throughout the week Specsavers donated £1 to the International Glaucoma Association for each customer who underwent a puff test as part of a full eye examination. The test helps to detect signs of glaucoma which if left untreated can lead to severe sight loss or blindness. It is carried out routinely for all customers over the age of 40.
Measuring eye pressure can be indicator of glaucoma
Dr Nigel Best, Specsavers clinical spokesperson, said: ‘A lot of people are familiar with the puff test but are unaware of what it is for. We use the test to measure the pressure of the eye, which if too high can indicate the presence of glaucoma. Early detection vastly improves the chance of saving someone’s vision, which is why I am encouraging everyone aged over 40 to make sure they have the puff test as part of a full eye examination if they haven’t had one in the last two years.’
Free glaucoma screening
Specsavers offers this test as part of the pre-screening process at no extra charge to all customers over 40. Early detection means the condition can be monitored and future damage to vision minimised. It is estimated that there are 600,000 people in the UK with glaucoma, but half have not been diagnosed.
Most common cause of preventable sight loss
Karen Brewer, at the International Glaucoma Association said: ‘We are delighted that Specsavers are raising awareness of glaucoma in the community. In the UK, it is the most common cause of preventable sight loss, yet many are unaware that glaucoma has no symptoms in the early stages and this is why regular sight tests are so important.’