Mossley optician promotes regular check-ups for Glaucoma Awareness Week.
Thursday 11th June 2015 @ 13:49 by Anna Fletcher
Mossley & Saddleworth News


Anderton Opticians in Mossley are promoting the importance of regular check-ups for National Glaucoma Awareness Week from 6th-12th June.

Glaucoma is the name given to a group of eye conditions where the main nerve becomes damaged, usually as a result of increased pressure in the eye. This can lead to misty and patchy vision and early detection is crucial as the condition is one of the leading causes of preventable blindness in the country.

It is estimated that 600,000 people in the UK have glaucoma with half of those undiagnosed.

Early detection was vital for one Mossley patient, Patricia Dorsett who woke up one morning to find she couldn’t see through her left eye.

Instead of their doctor they went straight to Ali Akbar who found the cause and referred her straight to the hospital.

Patricia said: “It is a superb practice and if it hadn’t been for Mr Akbar I don’t quite know what would have happened.

“It was quite a frightening experience, you don’t realise how serious the condition is until you have it, but I am glad we went straight to someone who knew what they were doing.”

Patricia is now an advocate for people having regular check-ups.

Her optometrist Ali Akbar said: “Glaucoma is a bit of a silent thief, sometimes people don’t realise they have it and there can be a lot of damage over a long period of time. If people are worried or feel symptoms they need to seek advice straight away.”

There are four types of Glaucoma and symptoms include pain, seeing halos around lights, misty or loss of vision and being sensitive to light though chronic open-angle glaucoma often does not have noticeable symptoms.

Dispensing Optician at Anderton Andrea Greaves said: “I’m trying to find ways to make people aware of the importance of eye examinations in the early detection of eye conditions. It’s not just a test of vision, an eye examination can detect conditions affecting the rest of the body, for example high blood pressure and Diabetes. It can also detect the early signs of Glaucoma.”

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