15.03.2010

Eyecare Trust warns of need to check for glaucoma

Eyecare Trust warns of need to check for glaucoma

By Alexa Kaczka

Contact lens wearers and the rest of the public are being targeted in a new campaign from the Eyecare Trust, which is aiming to raise awareness of glaucoma.

The national sight charity said many people are living with the condition and do not realise, also warning that it can lead to vision loss.

World Glaucoma Day, on March 12th, is being marked by the Eyecare Trust as it aims to increase awareness and encourage the public to get their eyes tested regularly.

On its website, the organisation has also launched a test for contact lens wearers and the rest of the public to see if they are at low, medium or high risk of getting the condition.

Iain Anderson, chairman of the Eyecare Trust, said: "Unfortunately all too often glaucoma sufferers visit their optician when the condition is advanced and it"s too late to save loss of vision."

World Glaucoma Day is part of the annual glaucoma week which runs from March 8th to 14th and aims to raise awareness of the condition.

by Emily Tait


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