Specsavers Newtownards is now even more focused on detecting signs of glaucoma in customers after one of their Optometrists achieved her Professional Certificate in glaucoma from the Ulster University.

Debbie Rush, an Optometrist at the High Street store completed the course in late 2016.

Improving detection

Leigh Nelson, store director at Specsavers Newtownards said: 'Although the optometrists in store are all qualified to detect the early signs of glaucoma, further qualifications make enhanced optical services available as part of daily clinical practice. 

‘The course at Ulster University provided Debbie with practical and theoretical knowledge to improve detection and management of glaucoma which we are already using throughout the practice.’

World Glaucoma Week

Specsavers has partnered with the International Glaucoma Association to mark World Glaucoma Week, from March 12-18. The £1m initiative aims to raise awareness of glaucoma and encourage regular eye examinations.

Glaucoma is one of the most common cause of blindness worldwide. Quite often in its early stages your eyesight can appear perfectly normal and there is no pain, however your peripheral vision is being damaged.

Leigh explains: 'Regular eye tests are the best way to monitor eye health and can pick up the early signs of glaucoma, vastly improving the chance of saving someone's vision.’

Biennial Eye Tests

Specsavers recommends that eye tests should be completed at least every two years and if there are any particular concerns about eye health, Specsavers Newtownards has the facilities to triage eye concerns as opposed to visiting a hospital.

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