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Eye conditions 'can be prevented if caught early' says Bucks optometrist

They're advising people to get their eyes checked this World Glaucoma Week.

Published by the Mix96 News Team at 4:27pm 14th March 2018. 3-minute read.

Eye conditions 'can be prevented if caught early' says Bucks optometrist

The deterioration of symptomless eye conditions "can be prevented" according to a Buckinghamshire Optometrist who is urging people to "save their sight" by getting checked for glaucoma.

Davis Optometrists hopes to encourage people to take their eye health more seriously during World Glaucoma Week (11 - 17 March) by giving people some facts about the serious eye condition.

It is a common eye condition where the optic nerve, which connects the eye to the brain, becomes damaged. It can lead to loss of vision if it isn't diagnosed and treated early.

It can affect people of all ages but is most common in adults in their 70s and 80s.

Kim Durden, Director Optometrist at Davis Optometrists, said:

"The deterioration of serious conditions such as glaucoma can be prevented when caught early enough by an Optometrist.

"There are several types of glaucoma. The two main types are known as 'open-angle' and 'angle-closure'. Open-angle is most common and symptomless. The only way to determine if you have this type of glaucoma is to monitor the condition of your eyes by having regular eye examinations. Save your sight, you only have one pair of eyes - they need looking after!"

People with angle-closure glaucoma are alerted to the condition after experiencing pain.

During an eye examination, an Optometrist will measure the pressure of fluid inside the eye, examine the optic nerve for abnormalities and test the field of vision to confirm that there are no blind spots or patches. A 3D scan known as an Ocular Coherence Tomography (OCT) is also carried out to provide an in depth picture of the retina and optic nerve.

Kim added:

"An OCT scan shows us what is happening and can predict if you are in the very early stages of glaucoma. There is nothing else that can do this. Catching the disease early, and receiving treatment for it, slows down progression and can prevent the deterioration of your eyesight."

Glaucoma can be hereditary. If you are the child, sibling or parent of a sufferer, and over 40, you are entitled to one free NHS eye test each year

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