Research shows that relatives of those who suffer with glaucoma could be up to four times more likely to develop the sight-threatening condition than those without a family history of the disease.
Simple detection process
Staff in store are encouraging locals who know of glaucoma in their family to book and eye test, in recognition of National Glaucoma Awareness Week (6-12 June). Optometrists can detect signs of glaucoma with three simple tests - observing the main nerve in the eye, measuring the pressure in the eye (puff test) and checking peripheral vision.
Store director, Ambreena Ahsan, 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.’
Family Foresight campaign
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. To make a donation to the International Glaucoma Association via Justgiving visit: https://campaign.justgiving.com/charity/iga/ngaw2016
Russell Young, CEO of the International Glaucoma Association says: ‘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.’