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Added on: 13th March, 2018 by O1
Orpington opticians warn that half of the estimated 700,000 cases of glaucoma in the UK go undiagnosed.
Often symptomless in its early stages, glaucoma is one of the leading causes of irreversible sight loss.
According to Specsavers, Orpington has one of the highest prevalences of glaucoma in London, with nearly twice the national average of newly reported cases of the condition.
In conjunction with the International Glaucoma Association Specsavers is training its retail teams to assist sufferers with their treatment. Staff will be advising customers on how to effectively administer eye drops, which are crucial for managing the condition.
"The majority of people who are diagnosed early with glaucoma will retain useful sight for life. Most will be treated with medical eye drops," said Karen Osborn, Chief Executive of IGA.
“Unfortunately, we know from calls to our helpline that many people aren’t told about how to put the drop in the eye correctly, or aren’t advised about the aids that are available to help them. We are delighted to work with Specsavers on this often over-looked aspect of glaucoma management.”
Shahen Raj, store director at Specsavers Orpington, said: “We are very proud to be involved in supporting the International Glaucoma Association and being able to better support our customers with the condition is a really positive development for our store.”
World Glaucoma Week runs from March 11-18th this year.