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300,000 People Living with Undetected Glaucoma in the UK

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It is estimated that 600,000 people are living with glaucoma in the UK, but 50% of these are undiagnosed

·         Glaucoma is one of the biggest causes of preventable sight loss, yet 31% of people are unaware that glaucoma runs in families*

·         72% of those in at risk groups don’t realise they are at an increased risk*

·         37% of people put off having an eye test due to cost concern

Glaucoma is a group of eye conditions in which the optic nerve is damaged where it leaves the eye, resulting in misty and patchy vision and a gradual loss of sight. It is one of the main causes of sight loss globally, affecting 64 million people worldwide and 600,000 Britons.

Research shows that 300,000 people are living in the UK with undetected glaucoma, many of whom don’t realise that an eye test is the only way to detect the condition. Glaucoma is one of the biggest causes of preventable sight loss, yet 31% of people are unaware that glaucoma runs in families – and 72% of those in at risk groups don’t realise they are at an increased risk.*

At-risk groups include those aged over 40, anyone with a family history of glaucoma, diabetics, and people of African-Caribbean or Asian descent. People of African-Caribbean origin are four times more likely to develop the condition, and are more likely for it to appear earlier and for it to be more severe, when compared to people of European origin.

To improve the nation’s eye health this year, the International Glaucoma Association (IGA) has teamed up with Vision Express to help raise awareness of the importance of eye tests into detecting glaucoma, during World Glaucoma Week 2017.

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