Glaucoma specialists at Eyesite Opticians are urging people in East Yorkshire not to neglect their eye health, as they raise awareness around the importance of regular check-ups during World Glaucoma Week (Mar 10–16), a worldwide campaign for glaucoma awareness.
Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases where loss of vision occurs due to damage of the optic nerve. Glaucoma is one of the main causes of sight loss and the second leading cause of blindness for adults in the UK. Glaucoma doesn’t usually cause any symptoms at early stages and for this reason, is often only diagnosed during a routine eye check.
As glaucoma develops slowly over many years, early diagnosis and treatment of the disease can help prevent vision from worsening. Without the correct treatment, glaucoma can eventually lead to complete blindness. The optometrists at Eyesite Opticians have professional certificates in glaucoma and are specialised in the early detection and diagnosis of glaucoma.
Elizabeth Johnson BSc (Hons) MCOptom Prof Cert Glauc said: “Any vision lost to glaucoma cannot be recovered which means early diagnosis and treatment of the disease is incredibly important. Just like many other eye diseases, glaucoma can be easily diagnosed during a routine eye check, but due to the disease having no symptoms, there are many people out there who will be suffering and won’t realise.
“Good eyesight is important in so many careers but there are still many people who don’t book regular eye checks. Sadly, some people will only book an eye test when they notice their vision has severely worsened. By that point, the damage has already been done and their vision cannot be recovered. In order to maintain good eye health, we would recommend a routine eye check is carried out every two years minimum, unless you have additional risk factors, such as diabetes or family history of glaucoma, which would be advised by your optometrist.”
Glaucoma detection techniques have advanced significantly in the last couple of years. Despite this, at least £3 billion every year is spent on eye health in the UK, with indirect costs costing the UK economy £6 billion every year, including unpaid care provision and unemployment.
[Matt Ombler – Fred Marketing]