To mark Glaucoma Awareness Week, Specsavers is highlighting the importance of regular eye tests for early detection and to slow the progress of glaucoma disease.


Glaucoma is very serious disease that damages the optic nerve and leads to progressive, irreversible vision loss. It is the second leading cause of blindness in Ireland if not treated early.

Symptomless disease

This symptomless disease causes significant fluid pressure in the back of the eye which affects the nerves fibres. When you have glaucoma, the clear fluid in the eye does not flow properly through the drainage system thus causing significant damage to the eye.

Regular eye examination

Unfortunately in the early stages of chronic glaucoma, there are frequently no obvious symptoms and fewer early warning signs. The most efficient detection method for glaucoma is by a regular eye examination at your local opticians.


The most prone to developing glaucoma is people over the age of 60 and those who have a family history of the disease. If you have any of the following warnings, Specsavers urges people to notify their ophthalmologist and have a thorough eye test immediately:

* Trouble adjusting to dark rooms

* Struggling to focus on near and distant objects

* Unusual sensitivity to light

* Recurrent pain around the eyes

* Double vision

* Itching, burning, swollen or encrusted eyes

* Sudden hazy, blurred or loss of vision


The treatment of the disease depends upon the nature and severity of each case. In general, glaucoma cannot be cured, but it can be controlled. Treatment will control the amount of eye pressure damaging the optic nerve and loss of sight. Eye drops, medication, laser procedures and surgical operations are all used to prevent further damage from occurring.

Book your eye test

At Specsavers you can now book your eye test within seconds online by simply visiting our website here: This year Specsavers are urging the public to pledge to have an eye test at least every two years as part of their health resolution and encourage a positive attitude to all aspects of eye health.

Digital Precision Care

Specsavers encourage the people of Ireland to have regular eye tests, which are not only essential for clear and comfortable vision, but are a vital part of the customer’s all round healthcare. Specsavers now offers Digital Precision Care to customers which is a cutting edge way of selecting and fitting customers’ glasses, using imaging software on tablet devices and ensures everyone receives the very best professional advice in frame selection, dispensing for their prescription, vision and lifestyle needs.

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