To mark Glaucoma Awareness Week earlier this month, Jason Gillan, store director at Specsavers Canterbury, sheds some light on the silent thief of sight.

Importance of regular eye tests

‘Getting a comprehensive dilated eye exam is the only way to catch glaucoma early – that’s why regular eye tests are so important. Glaucoma is mostly asymptomatic at the beginning, so it’s important to check your sight regularly.

‘At the moment, there’s no cure, but various treatments are available. The earlier you catch the condition, the more effective the treatments will be.

‘Anyone can develop glaucoma, but there are some risk factors to keep in mind, such as being over the age of 45 and having a family history of glaucoma. If you fall under one of these categories, you should let your opticians know.’

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