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Shining a light on glaucoma in Wilmslow

This World Glaucoma Week (March 12-18), a local opticians is warning men in Wilmslow against ignoring symptoms which could lead to blindness.

Specsavers’s warning comes as research reveals that males are more likely not to seek medical attention when warning signs develop, with potentially devastating consequences.

Glaucoma is often described as the ‘silent thief of sight’ due to its gradual onset. In the early stages the condition is symptomless meaning that only an eye health professional can test for it and detect it. Over time however the condition causes pressure to build on the optic nerve, causing damage which if left untreated can lead to blindness. A routine eye test with an optician can detect signs of glaucoma and the sooner it is picked up the higher the chance of successfully treating it.

In order to raise awareness of glaucoma and encourage regular eye examinations, Specsavers has launched a health information campaign in partnership with the International Glaucoma Association (IGA). The £1 million initiative coincides with this week’s World Glaucoma Week, from March 12-18.

Glaucoma affects more than 64 million people worldwide making it the leading cause of irreversible blindness globally.

According to a recent study men are at greater risk of losing their sight than women because they ignore warning signs and do not seek medical attention.

The independent research which focussed on the eye condition glaucoma, carried out by City, University of London, showed that men are 16% more likely than women to suffer advanced vision loss on diagnosis of the condition. The reason for this is because men simply do not seek medical treatment as readily as women.

RNIB (The Royal National Institute of Blind People) and Specsavers ‘State of the Nation’ report revealed that nearly 14 million people in the UK are not having their eyes tested every two years as recommended, leading to a huge burden on the economy due to easily preventable vision-related issues.

Specsavers Wilmslow store director, Sue Hanafy, says: “The only way to know if your eyes are healthy and your vision is accurate is to have your eyes checked by an optician at least once every two years.”

To donate to the IGA, text TEST17 £5 TO 70700 [Charity registered in England and Wales No.274681 and Scotland No. SC041550

To donate £3 to RNIB text DOTS to 70111

Posted 4:29 PM Friday March 17, 2017. Filed under CT Local News,News,Wilmslow. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response to this entry. Pinging is currently not allowed.

One Response to Shining a light on glaucoma in Wilmslow

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    March 18, 2017 at 7:41 am

    Great work Specsavers!! We appreciate your initiatives. Very true Glaucoma is one the biggest problem causing blindness globally. Awareness is very important to prevent vision loss from glaucoma and other eye problems. Early diagnosis and cure can help to prevent blindness, for this regular eye checkup is must for those who have a weak eye sight. Also if you have a prescription then wear your glasses all the time.

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