The team at Specsavers in Hucknall are upskilling to better support customers with glaucoma.
Often symptomless in its early stages, glaucoma is one of the leading causes of irreversible sight loss. It is thought to affect 700,000 people in the UK today, but as many as 50% of cases are undiagnosed.
World Glaucoma Week
As part of the store’s support for the World Glaucoma Week, members of staff have undergone specialist glaucoma training in store. In conjunction with the International Glaucoma Association, Specsavers has developed the training for its retail teams to assist sufferers with their treatment. Specifically, they will be advising on how to effectively administer eye drops, which are crucial for managing the condition.
Support for customers
Janet Archer, store director at Specsavers in Hucknall, said: ‘We are 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.
‘Our store is such a big part of the community and it is really important to us that we can provide the very best service to our customers and support someone with the condition in the most effective way possible.’
‘The training was very comprehensive and provided a deeper understanding of the condition,’ said Gemma Maddison, who is responsible for performing the glaucoma pre-testing service at the store. ‘We are on hand to assist and advise glaucoma sufferers, and we are also hoping to provide meaningful practical support to those that are struggling with the management of their condition.’
 The State of the Nation Eye Health 2017: A Year in Review, Specsavers/RNIB