This week is World Glaucoma Week and Blair Hunter, store director at Specsavers in Gravesend, wants to raise awareness of the condition and to invite local residents to make sure they have regular eye-tests.
Don’t wait for the warning signs
‘Glaucoma is referred to as “the silent thief of sight” because it often has no early symptoms or warning signs. Vision loss associated with glaucoma can be very gradual and may go unnoticed for a while.’
Early detection is key
‘There is no cure for glaucoma, but there are several treatment options to help patients slow the progression of the disease and prevent further vision loss.
‘This is why early detection is so important – the earlier the condition is detected, the higher are the chances that treatment will be effective.’
There are risk factors
‘Anyone can get glaucoma, but statistically people who are over 40 years old, have diabetes or high blood pressure and have a family history of the disease are more likely to develop glaucoma.
‘If you fall into one or more of these categories, make sure you let your optician know so they can best advise you.’