Specsavers in Epsom has been refining their skills to support customers this World Glaucoma Week (11-18 March).
What is glaucoma?
Glaucoma is an often symptomless condition in its early stages and is one of the main causes of irreversible sight loss. It is preventable however, with early detection which is why the Epsom team is keen to stress the importance of regular, two year sight tests.
How many people does it affect?
It is predicted that nearly 700,000 people in the UK today have glaucoma but over a half of these people may not be aware as it's yet to be diagnosed.
Epsom team - here to help
The team has up-skilled recently, undergoing training to assist sufferers with their treatment. One of the main elements covered in the training is how to teach customers how to best administer eye drops - a crucial management step when you have been diagnosed with the condition.
A word from the store director
Store director, Graham Nicklin, says: 'All Specsavers stores across the UK are supporting the International Glaucoma Association (IGA) with their awareness drive, and we are delighted to have completed training to assist with managing this preventable sight loss condition here in Epsom.
'The training enables us to provide quality, professional assistance to our customers who have glaucoma. I believe this makes us first class for eye health services here in Epsom and we are on-hand to answer any questions that residents may have about glaucoma management and preventation.'