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

Book an eye test

In recognition of National Glaucoma Awareness Week this week, staff are encouraging Tewkesbury residents who are aware of glaucoma in their family to book in for an eye check, where optometrists can detect signs of glaucoma by carrying out simple tests.

Glenn Dunkley, store director, 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 siblings or parents have glaucoma.’ 

Raising awareness

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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