International Glaucoma Association and its efforts to raise awareness of the condition in the UK.

Vision Express supports national campaigns such as national Glaucoma Awareness Week. Individual Vision Express branches build relationships with Glaucoma Association ambassadors for store openings and help to raise awareness through social media as well as via local and regional press.

It is estimated that there are 600,000 people with glaucoma in the UK, but half are undiagnosed. 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. During the health screening, a number of tests are carried out to examine the health of your eyes. A non-contact tonometer is used to measure the pressure in your eyes by blowing small puffs of air into each of your eyes. If raised pressure is detected in your eyes, you will be referred on for medical attention.

If you are over 40, have a family history of glaucoma, are short sighted, have diabetes, African Caribbean, then you are at an increased risk of developing glaucoma, and should have an eye health check every one to two years.

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