To coincide with World Glaucoma Week, 12 – 18 March, Specsavers and National Council for the Blind of Ireland (NCBI) are highlighting the importance of regular eye tests in helping reduce preventable sight loss.


Glaucoma is an eye condition that causes permanent and irreversible damage to the optic nerve, which transmits images to the brain. But it is one of many conditions that can be picked up by an opticians and successfully treated if detected early.


While generally symptomless during its early stages, it slowly destroys eyesight through raised pressure within the eyeball. The most common cause of the increase in pressure is when the fluid, called aqueous humour, is unable to drain away properly or too much is produced. Most people affected experience no discomfort, which means that significant and lasting damage can occur before they notice any difference. In fact, 40%1 of optic nerve damage can occur before it is possible to notice any loss of vision.


Sinead Clohessy, Specsavers Ireland Chairperson said: ‘Because glaucoma is a painless disease and does not cause symptoms until it is quite advanced, early detection through regular and thorough eye examinations is the key to protecting your eyes. Left undetected, glaucoma can cause blindness. However, it is readily treatable and the condition can be controlled if diagnosed early.’

Eye examination

‘As we age we are at an increased risk of developing glaucoma, which is also hereditary. During World Glaucoma Week we want to remind people that they should have an eye examination every two years, especially if they are aged over 40 or have a family history of glaucoma.’

Highest quality optical care

Committed to providing the highest quality of optical care, Specsavers provides in depth eye examinations, including digital retinal photography at no extra charge when required. This technique assists the early detection of conditions including glaucoma, inflammatory disorders, age-related macular degeneration and vascular occlusions. Specsavers stores nationwide also provide Digital Precision Eyecare, a cutting edge way of selecting and fitting customers’ glasses using imaging software on tablet devices.

*Framework to adopt a Strategic Approach for Vision Health in Ireland. Nov 2012. 

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