Most people take precautions in the sun to protect their skin but many may not realise how harmful UV radiation is to the eyes.
Chronic glaucoma affects two per cent of the population over the age of 40, increasing to over 10 per cent for those aged 75 or older.
There are about 500,000 people in England and Wales with glaucoma, and about 70 million worldwide, making it one of the leading causes of blindness. Unfortunately, there are no symptoms until extensive, irreversible damage to the optic nerve has occurred, resulting in unrecoverable vision loss, and it is estimated that up to 50 per cent of people with glaucoma are undiagnosed.
Frustratingly, needless blindness from glaucoma can be easily averted as it can often be treated with simple eye drops.
Did you know there are an estimated one million children with an undiagnosed vision problem? Good eyesight is crucial in making sure a child develops to their full potential both at school and socially. It’s especially important to look after children’s eyes – the eye is still developing throughout early childhood so if problems are … Read moreChildren’s Vision
It is estimated that 1 million children will return to school this year with an undiagnosed vision problem. Poor eyesight can have a significant effect on children’s ability to learn and on their behaviour – yet often goes unrecognised by teachers, parents and by the children themselves. Children may not be aware of or may … Read moreA clear vision for every child