Victoria Square optometrist Sinead Donnelly joined Belfast 89FM radio presenter Gerry Faloona to raise awareness of glaucoma during World Glaucoma Week.

One of Northern Ireland’s newest radio stations Belfast 89FM regularly invites different guests onto its range of shows to discuss and debate current topics and targets listeners over 50 in the Greater Belfast area.

Glaucoma – the ‘silent thief of sight’

Glaucoma is often described as the ‘silent thief of sight’ due to its gradual onset. In its early stages the condition is symptomless meaning that only an eye health professional can test for it and detect it.

Over time the condition causes pressure to build on the optic nerve causing damage and if left untreated can lead to blindness. Glaucoma affects more than 64 million people worldwide making it the leading cause of irreversible blindness globally.

People urged to take regular eye tests

Sinead delivered the clear message on radio that regular eye examinations is the key as the sooner glaucoma is picked up the higher the chance of successfully treating it. Eye tests at Specsavers include a glaucoma test and are free for over 40s who have a close blood relative with glaucoma. Eye tests are free for the over-60s.

Specsavers partners International Glaucoma Association

To further raise awareness of glaucoma and encourage more people to take regular eye tests, Specsavers has launched a health information campaign in partnership with the International Glaucoma Association (IGA). The £1 million initiative coincided with World Glaucoma Week in March.

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