Specsavers recently visited Bridgnorth Ladies Group to raise awareness about glaucoma and discuss the importance of eye health.

Specsavers store director, Teresa Hughes was joined by merchandiser, Chloe Baldwin, to speak to the group of ladies about glaucoma and how the condition can affect overall eye health.

Raise awareness 

‘We’re really keen to raise awareness about this condition,’ Teresa commented. ‘Glaucoma particularly affects older people and can go unnoticed for a long time, so it was good to speak the group who were aged 50 and over.’

Optometrists can detect signs of glaucoma 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. Early detection means the condition can be treated and monitored to help minimise or prevent further damage to vision.  If left untreated, glaucoma can cause visual impairment and damage that cannot be reversed. 

High importance

Teresa added: ‘We think it’s really important to raise awareness in the local community and speaking at groups and clubs is a great way to do this. The team here at Specsavers in Bridgnorth is happy to offer talks to other organisations in the area who may be interested.’

St Leonard's Ladies Group in Bridgnorth is a friendly organisation run by Shropshire Council. The group of over 50’s meet on the third Monday of each month and arrange for interesting speakers to talk at their meetings. To express their gratitude, the ladies made a donation to Asthma UK, which was passed onto store friend and charity mascot, Dana Powers aka Puff the Dragon.

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