National Glaucoma Awareness Week, 8-14 June 2015 focused on driving and encouraged people to have regular eye health checks through their optometrist to ensure that they are safe to drive. This is particularly important with glaucoma as it has no symptoms in the early stages. But, with early detection and continued treatment people will often retain useful sight for life and be safe to drive for many years.
We worked with Vision Express during the week, to highlight the importance of regular eye health checks and driving. The 390 Vision Express stores provided information about glaucoma.
We also received the support of a Cambridge-based painter, who has glaucoma, who chose to donate a series of paintings to the IGA for downloading during the week. Michael Ellwood discovered he had glaucoma through a visit to his optometrist. Having previously taken his sight for granted, he hoped that by sharing his story, he would encourage others to have their eyes tested regularly. You can see the full set of paintings by clicking here.
Impact of Glaucoma on Driving: