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Glaucoma Awareness

Glaucoma Awareness

300,000 people in the UK have Glaucoma but don't realise it.

Make sure you are not one of them. Book an eye test with The Big Optician now 0191 2244555

"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.

This week is the National Glaucoma Awareness Week

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.

Is glaucoma common?

Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of preventable blindness. It is estimated that 600,000 people in the UK have glaucoma, with half of those undiagnosed. It affects two percent of people over the age of 40, and this rises to five percent of people over the age of 80.

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

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.

FREE NHS funded tests if you are:

    Over the age of 60
    Under 16 or under 19 in full-time education
    Living in Scotland
    Receiving income support, certain beneļ¬ts including pension credit (more information at
    Diabetic or have glaucoma
    Over 40 and have a close relative with glaucoma
    Advised by an ophthalmologist that you are at risk of glaucoma
    Registered as visually impaired
    Receiving vouchers for complex lenses
    A prisoner or on leave from prison

Contact The BIG Optician now on 0191 2244555

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