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World Glaucoma Week

This week it is World Glaucoma Week 2016 and it is a joint mission between World Glaucoma Patient Association and the World Glaucoma Association to get people’s attention to have regular eye checks including optic nerve check so they can eliminate Glaucoma blindness.

What is Glaucoma?

When a group of eye conditions in which the optic nerve is damaged this is called Glaucoma. This is often associated with raised pressure within the eye. This leads to a decrease in the field of vision and in the ability to see clearly. In most cases glaucoma sufferers will experience no symptoms until major damage has occurred.

The people that are most common to suffer from Glaucoma are aged 40 and over. There is a greater risk with every decade of life. People with a family history of glaucoma in close relatives, or in certain ethnic groups are thought to have a greater than average risk. People who have diabetes or are very short-sighted are also prone to glaucoma.

How does World Glaucoma Week Help?

World Glaucoma week is between the 6th March and 12th March 2016 and the aim of the week is for opticians, hospitals, universities, clinics, doctors and many private individuals, particularly those with glaucoma or with family members with glaucoma organising a wide range of public events around the world.

How Optique Vision gets involved

At Optique Vision our opticians will be actively speaking and raising public awareness at all our branches instore at Nottingham, Derby and Lincoln. We will be offering this week  free glaucoma checks for individuals at risk of developing this terrible disease in a effort to prevent blindness caused by Glaucoma.