Specsavers Dudley focused on glaucoma in July by hosting a support group to help people learn more about the condition, which is the leading cause of preventable sight loss in the UK.
The team was joined by speakers from Russells Hall Hospital and the International Glaucoma Association – including advanced glaucoma practitioner, Julia Phillips, and consultant ophthalmologist, Akash Raj – to help customers find out more about the condition and the support which is available locally.
‘Our glaucoma session was very well received by everybody who attended and it was a pleasure to have members of the Russells Hall glaucoma team in store to talk with our customers,’ said store director Gurdeep Dosanjh. ‘For anybody suffering with glaucoma, it’s reassuring to know that there is lots of support available, both from their local hospital and optician, so we hope to host more events like this in the future.
‘As with many conditions, the earlier the signs of glaucoma are identified the sooner treatment can begin. That’s why we check for signs of several conditions, including glaucoma, as part of our standard eye examinations, helping to pick up on any symptoms as early as possible.’
Glaucoma is the leading cause of preventable sight loss in the UK and, as signs of the disease can easily go unnoticed, often remains undiagnosed and untreated throughout the early stages, causing further damage to people’s vision. Using a fundus camera during standard eye examinations, Specsavers is able to take a detailed picture of the back of the eye, helping to identify and monitor a range of health conditions.