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Glaucoma group urges regular eye tests

Published on 13/08/2009
Regular eye tests are the only way that people will have an early indication of whether they are developing glaucoma, it has been suggested.

Sight checks can become expensive, particularly if they are being undertaken by more than one member of a household, and family health insurance may help to reduce the financial strain.

According to the International Glaucoma Association, people over the age of 40 should have their eyes checked at least once every two years for the glaucoma, which can ultimately lead to blindness.

Valerie Greatorex, senior sightline operator at the charity, said: "We need regular sight tests in order to pick [glaucoma] up … this is the only way that people are going to know whether they have got this condition or not."

She explained that three tests are required: one to look at the optic nerve, one checking the pressure inside the eye and one to test a person's visual field when looking at specific lights and objects.

"Those three tests together alert the ophthalmologist to [whether] you need to refer a person to their GP and then on to the hospital," Ms Greatorex added.

Recently, a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reported that a promising new type of eye drop could potentially treat the condition.
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