Barnstaple Specsavers staff have been up-skilling to better support customers with the condition. Although often symptomless in its early stages, glaucoma is one of the leading causes of irreversible sight loss.

Specsavers has developed the training for its retail team in conjunction with the International Glaucoma Association, to assist sufferers with their treatment. Specifically, they will be advising on how to effectively administer eye drops, which are crucial for managing the condition.

Community support

Emily Waters, store director at Specsavers Barnstaple, said: ‘We are very proud to be involved in supporting the International Glaucoma Association and being able to better support our customers with the condition is a really positive development for our store.

Expert training

The training is being rolled out across Specsavers stores nationwide and complements the skills held by Specsavers’ optometrists, who have collectively completed almost 5,000 postgraduate glaucoma accreditations since 2017, through a variety of accrediting bodies including Cardiff University and the College of Optometrists.

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