Research shows that close relatives of glaucoma sufferers are up to four times more likely to develop the sight-threatening condition than those without a family history of the disease*. 

This week, in recognition of National Glaucoma Awareness Week (6-12 June), Specsavers in Allerton are encouraging all locals who know of glaucoma in their family to book in for an eye examination at an opticians.

Three Stage Test

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. 

Zoe Morris, retail director at Specsavers in Allerton 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. 

Act Quickly

‘Early detection means the condition can be monitored and future damage to vision minimised, which is why we’re asking everyone in Allerton 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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