Research shows that relatives of glaucoma sufferers could be four times more likely to develop the condition than those without a family history of the sight-threatening disease. 

Simple test could save sight

This week, during National Glaucoma Awareness Week, the team in store is encouraging locals who have a family history of glaucoma to book in for an eye test with an optometrist, who can detect signs of glaucoma, one of the leading causes of preventable sight loss in the UK, by carrying out simple tests.

‘An estimated 600,000 people in the UK have glaucoma, but at least half haven’t been diagnosed,’ store director, Debra Fitzsimmons, said. ‘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.’ 

Specsavers supported 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 via Justgiving visit: https://campaign.justgiving.com/charity/iga/ngaw2016 

Russell Young, CEO of the International Glaucoma Association, added: ‘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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