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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.
Compare the two pictures below for an example of how glaucoma can affect vision.
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
The International Glaucoma Association (IGA) is a patient-based organisation which works to prevent glaucoma blindness by providing information, literature and advice.