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.
In recognition of National Glaucoma Awareness Week (6-12 June), Specsavers in Bishopsgate is encouraging all customers who know of glaucoma in their family to book in for a sight test.
Store director Rajesh Ramesh Chandegra 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.
‘Early detection means the condition can be monitored and future damage to vision minimised, which is why we’re asking everyone in the area to make sure they have their eyes tested, especially if their parents or grandparents have glaucoma.’