World Glaucoma Awareness Week

10 - 16 March is World Glaucoma Awareness Week

Glaucoma is the leading cause of preventable blindness in the UK. It affects more than 500,000 people in England and Wales alone. The most common form of glaucoma is almost always painless, so regular eye checks with an optometrist is the only way to detect it.

So it is really important to have regular eye tests with your optometrist. During the eye examination we carry out various tests to help get a picture of your overall eye health. The test will:

  • Look at the back of your eye with a light. In glaucoma the ‘optic nerve head’, where the optic nerve joins the eye, changes appearance, which can be seen using an ophthalmoscope
  • Measure the pressure in your eye – this can be done using an instrument that blows a puff of air on the eye or using a small probe that rests gently on the surface of your eye
  • Check your field of vision – you will be asked to put your chin on a rest and look at a screen where small spots of light will flash up one after another

If your eye pressure is raised we will invite you back for a further check to see if this is always the case.

If you are due an eye test or have any concerns, please get in contact with a member of our team.