Northumberland Specsavers stores urge residents to have glaucoma check ups

National optical retail chain is urging people to get checked out for symptoms of glaucoma.

Monday, 17th June 2019, 12:57 pm
This is the vision of someone with glaucoma

For this year’s Glaucoma Awareness Week (June 17-23), Specsavers in Ashington, Cramlington and Blyth are highlighting the importance of looking after our eyes.

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Glaucoma is one of the largest causes of blindness, due to its gradual onset and usually occurs when naturally-occurring fluid inside the eye does not drain properly.

Katie Blakely, optician at Specsavers in Cramlington, said: “There are several factors which can increase your risk of developing glaucoma such as a family history of the disease.”