Ennis have their eyes on the local community
The team at Specsavers Ennis is encouraging the local community to stay on top of their eye health by incorporating regular eye tests into their overall healthcare routine.
Importance of regular eye tests
As well as determining whether you require glasses, tests can also detect a variety of conditions including glaucoma, diabetes, high blood pressure and, in rare cases, even life-threatening conditions such as brain tumours.
Early diagnosis is vital and with glaucoma being one of the leading causes of preventable blindness in Ireland, the store is calling out for the local community to get their eyes tested at least every two years.
What is Glaucoma
Glaucoma is an eye condition that causes damage to the optic nerve, which transmits images to the brain. Glaucoma slowly destroys eyesight through raised pressure within the eyeball. The most common cause of the increase in pressure within the eye is when the fluid, called aqueous humour, is unable to drain away properly or too much is produced.
Most sufferers experience no discomfort, which means that significant and lasting damage can occur before they notice any difference. In fact, 40% of optic nerve damage can occur before it is possible to notice any loss of vision.
John O’Farrell, ophthalmic optician at Specsavers Ennis says: ‘Specsavers is committed to raising awareness of the benefits of regular eye examinations, at least every two years, as they are crucial for detecting early signs of the condition, glaucoma. Left undetected, glaucoma can cause blindness, however, it is readily treatable and the condition can be controlled if diagnosed early.
‘As we get older we are at an increased risk of developing glaucoma, which can be hereditary. At Specsavers Ennis, we want to remind people that they should have an eye examination at least every two years, which is particularly important if they are over 40 years of age or have a family history of glaucoma.’
Under the new PRSI treatment benefit, thousands of people in Ireland now qualify for a free eye test and a pair of glasses.
Following changes to the PRSI scheme by the Department of Social Protection late last year, anyone who has been employed or self-employed in Ireland for two years, is now entitled to a free eye test as well as a free pair of glasses or contribution to a pair of frames, at Specsavers.
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