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Raising Awareness of Glaucoma

Post on 7th March 2022

It’s World Glaucoma Week (6 – 12 March) which is a global initiative to raise awareness of one of the leading causes of blindness.

Closer to home it is a timely reminder of the benefits of regular sight tests which can detect this common eye condition that can cause loss of vision if not diagnosed and treated early.

Although it can affect all ages, it is most common in people in their 70s and 80s and there is a higher risk for those with a family history of glaucoma, as well as with people of African, Caribbean and Asian origin. Short-sightedness, long-sightedness and diabetes can also play a part.

As most types of glaucoma have no symptoms, and it tends to develop over many years, it puts into focus the importance of having your regular eye check-ups.

Very occasionally, glaucoma can develop suddenly and cause the following:

  • intense eye pain
  • nausea and vomiting
  • a red eye
  • a headache
  • tenderness around the eyes
  • seeing rings around lights
  • blurred vision

If you experience such symptoms you should seek immediate care from an ophthalmologist.

Glaucoma is caused when pressure builds up inside the eye, damaging the optic nerve that connects the eye to the brain. If detected early enough it can be treated, usually with eye drops alone.

An eye test will pick up the signs so it’s another good reason for keeping up with those regular eye test appointments.

If you have any concerns about your eye health you can find help and advice at your local branch.

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