The charity for people with glaucoma
Vision Express has selected the International Glaucoma Association as one of its six charity partners.
Vision Express supports national campaigns such as national Glaucoma Awareness Week, while individual Vision Express branches build relationships with Glaucoma Association ambassadors for store openings. We also help to raise awareness through social media and via local and regional press.
Glaucoma is the name given to a group of eye conditions in which the optic nerve is damaged where it leaves the eye. This nerve carries information about what is being seen from the eye to the brain and as it becomes damaged vision is lost.
Most types of glaucoma have no obvious symptoms in the early stages but advanced glaucoma can lead to misty and patchy vision which worsens if left untreated. It is one of the leading causes of preventable blindness.
Although any vision which has been lost to glaucoma cannot be recovered, with early diagnosis careful monitoring and regular use of the treatments, the vast majority of patients retain useful sight for life.
A routine eye test at Vision Express will help to detect the signs of glaucoma. We would especially recommend one if you are over 40, have a family history of glaucoma, are shortsighted, have diabetes or have African Caribbean origins.