This week, in recognition of National Glaucoma Awareness Week, staff are encouraging locals who know of glaucoma in their family history to book in for an eye test in store.

Hereditary link

Close relatives of glaucoma sufferers are up to four times more likely to develop the sight-threatening condition than those without a family history of the disease. 

Optometrists can detect signs of glaucoma by carrying out simple tests, including observing the main nerve in the eye and checking peripheral vision. 

Store director, Jonathan Lee commented: ‘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 parents or grandparents have glaucoma.’ 

Regular eye tests

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: 

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