To highlight National Glaucoma Awareness Week (6-12 June), one of the leading causes of preventable sight loss in the UK, the team at Specsavers in Swindon is encouraging all locals who know of glaucoma in their family to book in for an eye examination.
Research shows that those with close relatives suffering from glaucoma are up to four times more likely to develop the sight-threatening condition than those without (IGA Research 2014).
Optometrists at the store in Swindon can detect signs of glaucoma 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.
David Grieves, store director at Specsavers in Swindon says: ‘According to IGA Research, 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 Swindon to make sure they have their eyes tested, especially if their siblings or parents have glaucoma.’
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.
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.’
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