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Raising awareness of chronic eye condition

EYE specialists were out in force yesterday at Solihull Hospital in a bid to raise awareness about the dangers of glaucoma.

EYE specialists were out in force yesterday at Solihull Hospital in a bid to raise awareness about the dangers of glaucoma.

It was World Glaucoma Day and members of the ophthalmology team from Heartlands Hospital distributed information to patients and visitors at the Lode Lane site to draw attention to the condition which affects one in every 100 people over the age of 40.

This year medics were encouraging more people to attend eye tests to have their eyesight thoroughly checked out.

Dr Anil Negi, based at Heartlands Hospital, said: “The big challenge we face is the ageing population. The numbers of people suffering from glaucoma has increased to one in ten in people over 70 years of age.

“This common chronic form of the disease has no symptoms and there is currently no form of screening in place.

“This is why we are encouraging everyone to make themselves aware of the signs and what to look out for.”

Anyone with concerns about the condition should seek help from their local GP.

Medical staff were also on hand at Heartlands and Good Hope hospitals dispensing leaflets and advice on the same day.

 

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