A member of staff from Specsavers in Bradley Stoke has up-skilled to better support customers with glaucoma.

Facts and figures

Glaucoma is the most common cause of preventable blindness in the UK today. 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.

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. 

Effective training

In conjunction with the International Glaucoma Association, Specsavers has developed training for its retail teams 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.

Training ambassador, Julie Rafferty, undertook the glaucoma training. ‘It was very comprehensive and provided a deeper understanding of the condition,’ said Julie. ‘It’s great to be involved in supporting the International Glaucoma Association. Being able to better support our customers with the condition is a really positive development for the store.’

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