National Glaucoma Awareness Week 12-18 June 2017
To listen to Karen Osborn's radio interview, click on the image below.
This year's campaign educated people about the importance of having the pressures in their eyes checked, as raised pressure can be one of the indicators of glaucoma.
People have a very limited knowledge about the health of their eyes. The IGA often hears from people who only have an eye check when they realise that something is wrong with their vision. This is too late for glaucoma as a significant amount of vision will be lost, and it can never be recovered.
The good news with glaucoma, is that if it is detected early and treatment is given, the majority of people will maintain vision for life.
It is estimated that there are 600,000 people with glaucoma in the UK but half remain undetected.
The campaign week also educated people about the tests that are required in order to detect glaucoma. All can be carried out on the high-street ata local opticians. These include:
- Looking at the appearance of the main nerve in the eye, called the optic nerve (ophthalmoscopy)
- Measuring the pressure in the eye, often referred to as the air puff test, (tonometry)
- Checking the field of vision (perimetry). In Scotland there is a fourth test called pachymetry which measures the corneal thickness.
The IGA believes that everyone should have an eye health check every two years and more frequently if advised by a health professional.
New City University of London research launched for the week.