Skelmersdale families urged to focus on glaucoma

09 June, 2016
National Glaucoma Awareness Week
Skelmersdale families urged to focus on glaucoma

Week beginning 6th June is National Glaucoma Awareness Week. Specsavers in Skelmersdale are encouraging all locals who may have glaucoma in their family to book in for an eye examination at an opticians.

Close relatives of glaucoma suffers are up to four times more likely to develop this sight threatening condition in comparison with those without a family history of the disease*. 

Simple detection

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

Sully Patel, store director at Specsavers in Skelmersdale says: ‘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. 

Have your eyes tested

‘Early detection means the condition can be monitored and future damage to vision minimised, which is why we’re asking everyone in Skelmersdale 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, which aims to raise awareness of family history linked with glaucoma. 

Save Your Vision

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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* IGA Members research (n=977), 2014

**IGA Research (Fly Research 2014)

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