Research shows that close relatives of those who suffer from glaucoma are up to four times more likely to develop the disease than those without a family history of the sight-threatening condition.
Importance of an eye examination
In recognition of National Glaucoma Awareness Week (6-12 June), the store is encouraging locals to book in for an eye examination if they know of glaucoma in their family. Optometrists can detect signs of glaucoma by carrying simple tests.
National Glaucoma Week 2016 sees the International Glaucoma Association launch the Family Foresight campaign, supported by Specsavers, which aims to raise awareness of family history linked with glaucoma.
Nialle Smith, store director, said: ‘An estimated 600,000 people in the UK have glaucoma, but at least half haven’t been diagnosed. Many are unaware that glaucoma can be hereditary and signs go unnoticed, especially in the early stages when there are often no symptoms.
‘Early detection means the condition can be monitored and future damage to vision minimised, which is why we’re asking everyone in the area to make sure they have their eyes tested, especially if their siblings or parents have glaucoma.’
Russell Young, CEO of the International Glaucoma Association said: ‘We’re pleased to be working with Specsavers to highlight the importance of regular eye health checks. As glaucoma is not well understood, many people could be irretrievably damaging their vision without realising it. Detection, diagnosis and treatment can help to save vision.’
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