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.

Specsavers in Arbroath is encouraging all locals who know of glaucoma in their family to book in for an eye examination at an opticians.

Three simple tests to detect glaucoma

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.

These checks are included as part of the comprehensive standard eye examination for patients as appropriate. Everybody in Scotland is entitled to free eye tests through NHS Scotland.

Importance of regular eye tests

Jamie Buchan, store director at Specsavers in Arbroath said: ‘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 Arbroath to make sure they have their eyes tested, especially if their siblings or parents have glaucoma.’

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