"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" says Clare Kearns, store director at Specsavers in Warrington.
National Glaucoma Week
In support of National Glaucoma Week, the Warrington Specsavers are encouraging all locals to book in for an eye examination at an opticians. (June 6-12th).
Research suggests that people can be up to four times more susceptible of developing glaucoma if they have close family members who suffer with this sight-threatening disease**.
Three Stage Test
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.
‘Early detection means the condition can be monitored and future damage to vision minimised, which is why we’re asking everyone in Warrington 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.’
* IGA Members research (n=977), 2014
**IGA Research (Fly Research 2014)