It is World Glaucoma Week, and we are urging the over 40s to be aware of their increased risk of developing glaucoma – a debilitating eye condition which, if left untreated, can lead to permanent blindness.
Inside our eyes fluid is constantly produced and drained away, this causes an intraocular pressure. Glaucoma is when the optic nerve is damaged by the intraocular pressure.
Glaucoma usually has no symptoms until significant vision has been lost, and this vision cannot be restored, so early detection is vital to reduce the chance of further sight loss.
We urge everyone to have a regular eye examination to detect this condition but more so if there is a family history or if Afro-Caribbean or South Asian or East Asian descent, or if you have a high spectacle prescription.