Ten members of Exmouth Specsavers staff have trained to better support glaucoma sufferers as part of this years World Glaucoma Week. Often symptomless in its early stages, glaucoma is one of the leading causes of irreversible sight loss. In conjunction with the International Glaucoma Association, Specsavers has developed the training for its retail teams to assist sufferers with their treatment.
Delighted to support
Ria Heskins, store director at Specsavers Exmouth, said: ‘We are delighted and very proud to be involved in supporting the International Glaucoma Association and being able to better support our customers with the condition is a really positive development for our store.'
The training is being rolled out across Specsavers stores nationwide and complements the skills held by Specsavers’ optometrists, who have collectively completed almost 5,000 postgraduate glaucoma accreditations since 2017, through a variety of accrediting bodies including Cardiff University and the College of Optometrists.
A word from the association
Karen Osborn, chief executive of IGA, said: ‘The majority of people who are diagnosed early with glaucoma will retain useful sight for life. Most will be treated with medical eye drops. Unfortunately we know from calls to our helpline that many people aren’t told about how to put the drop in the eye correctly, or aren’t advised about the aids that are available to help them. We are delighted to work with Specsavers on this often over-looked aspect of glaucoma management.’