So often representing no symptoms in its early stages, glaucoma is one of the leading causes of irreversible sight loss.
Data from Public Health England has also revealed that Hertfordshire has a higher rate of glaucoma cases in the over 40s than the national average, an upward trend for the county.
It is with this front of mind that Specsavers has developed training for its retail teams to assist sufferers with their glaucoma treatment.
In conjunction with the International Glaucoma Association, the course further advises optometrists on how to effectively administer eye drops – crucial for managing the condition.
A word from the store director
Bindi Shah, store director at Specsavers Tring, says: ‘We are always keen to be involved in the International Glaucoma Association and I was pleased to undertake the training.
‘Our store is a key part of the community and being able to better support our customers with the condition is a positive development for us.’
Coinciding with World Glaucoma Week (11-18 March), the training is being rolled out across Specsavers stores nationwide and complements the skills held by Specsavers’ optometrists.