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Common Eye Problems

Information on a range of common eye conditions and problems

Glaucoma

Don’t Turn a Blind Eye to Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a leading cause of preventable blindness

Over 600,000 people in the UK have glaucoma, but only half have been diagnosed (source: The International Glaucoma Association). Others are slowly losing their sight without even realising. The damage done by glaucoma is permanent, but early diagnosis and treatment can preserve sight.

What is glaucoma?

The condition is a type of optic nerve damage that causes patchy loss of vision. It varies in severity from patient to patient. Without treatment, the loss of vision usually gets worse over time. Any loss of vision in glaucoma is permanent. But with early treatment, the damage to vision can be minimised.

Watch our short film below to find out more about glaucoma.

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Compare the two pictures below for an example of how glaucoma can affect vision.

Normal vision

Advanced glaucoma

Are you at risk?

  • Are you over 40?
  • Do you have a family history of glaucoma?
  • Are you short sighted?
  • Do you have diabetes?
  • Are you of African-Caribbean origin?

If the answer is yes to any of these questions, then you are at increased risk and should definitely have your eyes tested regularly (at least every two years). The International Glaucoma Association and SPECS network recommend an eye health examination every two years.

SPECS network opticians share a commitment to delivering high quality eye care for you and your family. You can expect a thorough and professional eye health examination using the latest technology followed by a comprehensive explanation of the results. You can use our locator tool to find your nearest SPECS network optician.

More information and help

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The International Glaucoma Association (IGA) is a patient-based organisation which works to prevent glaucoma blindness by providing information, literature and advice.

The IGA operate Sightline, a telephone and email service for help and advice. You can contact Sightline on 01233 64 81 70 or at info@iga.org.uk.

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It is important to look after your eyes from birth to old age and at every stage in between. Take a journey through the ages of eyecare for tips on how to best care for your eyes and vision through all life’s stages