Glaucoma awareness day

Published: 28 February 2008 at 16:40

Anglia Ruskin Optometry Clinic invites people to find out more about detecting this sight-threatening disease on the first ever World Glaucoma Day.

On World Glaucoma Day (6 March), the Department of Optometry and Ophthalmic Dispensing at Anglia Ruskin University, and BBC Radio Cambridgeshire (CSV Action), is inviting people to come to the Grafton Centre, Cambridge to learn more about the potentially blinding disease. 

Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in the United Kingdom (and the rest of the developed world). It is a disease characterised by damage to the optic nerve resulting in a gradual but progressive loss of vision. Glaucoma does not usually produce symptoms and left undetected or left without proper treatment, it can lead to irrevocable blindness.

A simple eye test can make all the difference.  As primary eye providers, optometrists are trained in the detection of glaucoma. In addition, optometrists can provide advice and support to patients requiring referral for further investigations or referral for a medical opinion on glaucoma.

Dr John Siderov, Head of the Department of Optometry and Ophthalmic Dispensing, at Anglia Ruskin University, said:

“This is an excellent world initiative to put the focus on glaucoma which takes away the gift of sight by stealth.”

“Regular eye tests are therefore important in detecting and subsequently managing what essentially is a preventable disease.”

The first ever World Glaucoma Day (WGD) is a joint global initiative of the World Glaucoma Association (WGA) & the World Glaucoma Patient Association (WGPA).

The disease affects up to half a million people and is the second largest cause of registered blindness in the UK. Unfortunately it is estimated that 50% of affected people in the UK do not know that they have the disease and are therefore not on treatment.

For further information, or to book an eye test please call the Optometry Clinic at Anglia Ruskin University on 0845 196 2070.