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North East locals urged to get more regular eye checks


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If left untreated glaucoma can cause visual impairment
Thousands of people across the North East are at risk of going blind after failing to attend regular eye check-ups.

It is estimated that two per cent of the region’s population who are over the age of 40 will be suffering from glaucoma – but only half will have been diagnosed.

Today, in National Glaucoma Week, a leading consultant from Sunderland Eye Infirmary urged people to attend regular opticians’ appointments in a bid to prevent the condition reaching an advanced level.

Consultant optometrist Scott Fraser said: “There will be thousands of people out there who have this but don’t know it.

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