Alan Honeybone has been the director of Specsavers in Camborne for 30 years. Six years ago he was diagnosed with glaucoma after one of his colleagues spotted symptoms of the disease during a routine eye examination.
Prevention is better than cure
Alan Honeybone, said: ‘In the weeks and months leading up to my eye examination I had no symptoms whatsoever. Thankfully my colleague detected and diagnosed glaucoma before any damage was done and I was able to start treatment immediately.’
Alan uses daily eye drops to prevent the condition from developing further but treatments vary on the stage and type of glaucoma someone has. In some cases, if left untreated, the condition can lead to sight loss.
Alan added: ‘My brother also suffers from glaucoma and has recently undergone an operation to treat the condition. The disease can often run in families, that’s why we ask for your family’s eye history when you come for an eye test.’
What is glaucoma?
Glaucoma is caused by a build-up of pressure in the eye when fluids fail to drain away properly. At least 600,000 people in England and Wales suffer from the condition, and around 64 million worldwide. Research also shows that men are 16 per cent more likely than women to suffer advanced vision loss on diagnosis of the condition.1
1 “Cases of advanced visual field loss at referral to glaucoma clinics – more men than women?” David P Crabb, Luke J. Saunders, Laura A. Edwards, Publ 9 Nov 2016. http://www.city.ac.uk/news/2016/november/men-more-likely-to-present-with-advanced-sight-problems-than-women