Sunday May 28, 2017
NATIONAL GLAUCOMA AWARENESS WEEK
JUNE 12th – JUNE 18th 2017
“All too often we hear that people do not have an eye health check until they realise that something is wrong with their vision. This is too late for glaucoma as a significant amount of vision will be lost, and it can never be recovered”
Karen Osborn, Chief Executive of the International Glaucoma Association.
In the build up to National Glaucoma Awareness Week (12 – 18 June 2017), GPC Opticians in Stevenage are encouraging everyone to get an eye examination if they haven’t had one in the last two years, if they are worried about their sight, or if they have any of the risk factors for glaucoma.
What exactly is glaucoma?
Glaucoma is the name given to a group of eye conditions. The main nerve in the eye (the optic nerve) becomes damaged, usually as a result of increased pressure in the eye. This can lead to misty and patchy vision which worsens if left untreated. It can eventually lead to blindness although this is rare, especially if detected early.
Why are eye health checks important?
The only way to know if your eyes are healthy and your vision is accurate is to have your eyes checked by an optician (optometrist).
Glaucoma has no obvious symptoms in the early stages, but advanced glaucoma can lead to serious and permanent loss of sight.
With early diagnosis, careful monitoring and regular use of treatments, the vast majority of patients will retain useful sight for life.
Who is at greatest risk?
If any of these glaucoma risk factors apply to you, it is especially important to get an eye examinaation:
- Anyone over the age of 40
- Anyone with a history of glaucoma in the family
- People with diabetes
- People who are very short-sighted
- People of African-Caribbean or Asian origin
- People who are long-sighted
Don’t Delay call us today on 01438 364 168 for a comprehensive eye examination.
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