Research has shown close relatives of glaucoma sufferers are up to four times more likely to develop the sight-threatening condition than others, and as a result Braintree are taking action.  

Three simple tests 
It only takes three tests for optometrists to detect signs of glaucoma, one of the leading causes of preventable sight loss in the UK. These involve observing the main nerve in the eye, measuring the pressure in the eye (puff test) and checking peripheral vision. 

Mike Bromidge, store director, comments: ‘We are urging local residents with any family history of glaucoma to make sure they have their eyes tested, especially if their siblings or parents have glaucoma. 

Too often unnoticed
‘It is estimated 600,000 people in the UK have glaucoma, however at least half still haven’t been diagnosed . Many are unaware that glaucoma can be genetic and as a result signs go unnoticed, especially early on in the condition when there are often no symptoms.’ 

This National Glaucoma Week the International Glaucoma Association has launched the Family Foresight campaign, supported by Specsavers, aims to raise awareness of family history linked with glaucoma. 

Sight saving 
CEO of the International Glaucoma Association, Russell Young 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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i IGA Members research (n=977), 2014
ii IGA Research (Fly Research 2014)