To mark World Glaucoma Week, Shehtaaj Moorad, store director at Specsavers in Faversham, sheds some light on “the silent thief of sight”.
Anyone can develop glaucoma
‘Don’t be fooled to believe that this only affects the elderly. While this condition is more common for people over the age of 45, everyone can get glaucoma.’
Don’t wait for symptoms
‘This condition is called “the silent thief of sight” for a reason – it is very often asymptomatic. This is why it’s so important to get your eyes tested regularly!’
Your family history could affect your risk of developing it
‘Family history and even ethnicity all play a role. For instance, if you have a family history of glaucoma, are short-sighted or diabetic, you have a higher risk of developing the condition and should mention this to your optometrist.’