You probably know that getting an eye test is the best way to find out if you need a new prescription for glasses or contact lenses. Or to find out that you need some help with your vision for the first time.
But did you know that regular eye tests can also help provide an early warning for a number of medical conditions including glaucoma – a serious eye condition which has been dubbed the silent thief of sight.
Bhavesh Hansjee, store director at Specsavers Sevenoaks in the High Street, explains why detecting glaucoma early is so important.
What is glaucoma, and why should I be worried about it?
Glaucoma is a relatively common eye condition, which is more common as you get older – but which can happen at any age. It can lead to sight loss.
And because it can be symptomless until it has already damaged your eyes, early detection really matters so it can be managed effectively.
How can I stop myself getting glaucoma?
You cannot stop yourself getting glaucoma. But you can give yourself the best possible chance of getting it detected early by having regular eye tests.
Any sight you have lost before it is detected cannot be saved – but glaucoma can be managed, so you stand a better chance of keeping the sight that remains with the right treatment.
How is glaucoma treated?
Your treatment will depend on your individual circumstances, but can include the regular use of eye drops, laser treatment or surgery.
If you need to use eye drops, the whole shop floor team at Specsavers Sevenoaks (including dispensing optician Aiden Chakowa) have done a special training course to help you make sure you are using them effectively.
So, if you are already living with glaucoma, why not drop in and see us soon.