This week, in recognition of National Glaucoma Awareness Week (6-12 June), staff at the store are encouraging all locals who know of glaucoma in their family to book in for a sight test at the store.
Our optometrists can detect signs of glaucoma, one of the leading causes of preventable sight loss in the UK, by carrying out three simple tests - observing the main nerve in the eye, measuring the pressure in the eye (puff test) and checking peripheral vision.
A word from the store director
Eric Barkhuysen, store director, 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 St Austell to make sure they have their eyes tested, especially if their siblings or parents have glaucoma.’
Detection, diagnosis, treatment
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.’
To make a donation to the International Glaucoma Association visit their Justgiving page.