This week marks National Glaucoma Awareness Week (6-12 June), and staff at the Colchester store are urging all local residents – especially those who know the condition runs in their family - to book in for an eye examination with at the store, which uses state-of-the-art Ocular Coherence Tomography technology. 

A close call 
Optometrists at the store use the equipment to detect signs of glaucoma, one of the leading causes of preventable sight loss in the UK, 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. 

Nick Hagan, store director at Specsavers in Colchester said: ‘Around 600,000 people in the UK have glaucoma, but at least 50 per cent are not yet diagnosed . Many people are unaware that glaucoma can be hereditary and signs go unnoticed, especially in the early stages when there are often no symptoms. 

‘By detecting the condition early on, glaucoma can be monitored and future damage to vision minimised, hence why we’re asking everyone in Colchester to ensure they have routine  eye tests, especially if their parents or siblings suffer from glaucoma. 

Life changing technology 
Nick continued: ‘We have invested in an Ocular Coherence Tomography scanner to aid the early detection of ocular diseases, such as glaucoma. The OCT is an advanced eye scan for people of all ages which is used as part of a routine sight test. It can not only detect the stage of the disease, but also whether the individual is at risk of developing glaucoma.’ 

National Glaucoma Week 2016 sees the International Glaucoma Association launch the Family Foresight campaign, supported by Specsavers, which aims to raise awareness of family history linked with glaucoma. 

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[1] IGA Research (Fly Research 2014)

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