Glaucoma is the second most common cause of blindness worldwide. It is estimated that 4.5 million people globally are blind due to glaucoma. A number that’s set to rise to 11.2 million in just two years.
World Glaucoma Week is a collaborative project between the World Glaucoma Association and the World Glaucoma Patient Association. It aims to contribute to the elimination of this widespread condition by stressing the importance of regular eye checks.
In support of World Glaucoma Week 2018, our Vision Van will be on the road again, offering free eye tests at locations across the UK.
You can find the Vision Van, our mobile testing unit equipped with the latest technology, at the following locations:
The Plaza, Gunwharf Quays Shopping Centre, Portsmouth, PO1 3TZ
Wharf Green, Canal Walk, Swindon, SN1 1LD
Princess Way, Castle Square
St. Peter's Square, 8 Bath House Lane, Leicester, LE1 4SA
Briggate, Leeds, LS1 6LX
If you can’t make it to the Vision Van at one of the locations above, you don’t have to miss out on the free Eye Test we’re offering as part of World Glaucoma Week. Just click below, enter your details and we'll email you a voucher to use at any of our Vision Express stores across the UK and Ireland, until 30th April 2018.Free Eye Test
Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that cause progressive damage to the optic nerve at the point where it leaves the eye to carry visual information to the brain. It can be caused by reduced blood flow or, more commonly, an increase in pressure of the fluid inside the eye.
If left untreated, most types of glaucoma lead to the gradual deterioration of sight and, in the most severe case, blindness. However, if detected early, glaucoma can be treated easily and further sight loss can be avoided.
Around 50% of people affected by glaucoma are unaware they have it. This is because there are often no noticeable symptoms in the early stages. As an Eye Test can easily detect the presence of glaucoma, it is essential you have your vision assessed at least every two years.
More information, including a list of those most at risk from glaucoma, can be found in our Eye Health section.
We are proud to have the International Glaucoma Association (IGA) as one of our charitable partners. It’s estimated that there are 600,000 people with glaucoma in the UK, but half are undiagnosed. By working with the IGA, we hope to raise awareness of the risk of the condition, so that more cases can be detected and more people can be treated.Find out more