Glaucoma meeting

NATIONAL Glaucoma awareness week is being marked with a special event in Buxton this week.

Glaucoma is a chronic eye disease which affects at least two in every 100 people over 40 in Derbyshire and the rest of the UK.

Many people can remain unaware they are developing glaucoma until it has already caused irreversible damage to their eyes. But regular eye checks, especially for the over 40s, can ensure early signs of glaucoma are spotted quickly and treated, as eye experts from Derbyshire Community Health Services are keen to stress during National Glaucoma Awareness Week, from June 7 until 13.

To coincide with the awareness week, a panel of national and local experts in the treatment and diagnosis of glaucoma, including Ophthalmic consultant Mr Conrad Yuen and a representative from the International Glaucoma Association, have been lined up as guest speakers on Friday June 10 at Buxton Methodist Church. Anyone affected by glaucoma or who would like to find out more, is welcome to attend.

Organiser Norma Ayres, Ophthalmic Nurse Specialist based at Cavendish Hospital in Buxton, said: “We are keen to raise awareness about vision loss caused by glaucoma, which happens because of progressive damage to the optic nerve supplying the eye.

“Because the vision loss is patchy and usually in the periphery of the eye in the early stages of glaucoma, people are not always aware they have it, which could lead to accidents.”

The incidence of glaucoma rises with age and by the time people reach 65, five out of every one hundred people will have it.

The meeting will take place at the large hall, Buxton Methodist Church from 1.30pm to 3.30pm on Friday.

There is access for disabled and wheelchairs via Chapel Street entrance.

More information is available from Norma Ayres, Ophthalmic Nurse Specialist for Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust, on 01298 212850.