World Glaucoma Week (March 6th – 12th 2022)
World Glaucoma Week is a worldwide initiative to highlight the importance of early detection in managing and slowing the progression of glaucoma. As you will know, ensuring your patients visit your practice for regular eye examinations plays a vital role in detecting the first signs of glaucoma or ‘symptomless’ glaucoma. This will allow you to take the steps to prevent glaucoma from progressing to a late stage and causing irreversible sight loss and blindness for your patient.
Glaucoma is a major global health problem
In recent years glaucoma has been recognised as a major global health problem. With experts identifying this as one of the leading causes of irreversible blindness across the globe. Patients most at risk of developing glaucoma are typically aged 60+, however those with a family history of the disease are at a heightened risk and should therefore be offered OCT scans during regular eye examinations. With 6.7 million people having been blinded by the disease, it is unfortunately believed this number Is only set to rise in the future. So, across the sector, optometrists are being encouraged to raise as much awareness about this as possible to prevent further cases rising in the future. This includes, ensuring practices are well equipped with the latest, modern optical technology to offer accurate diagnosis and effective treatment options.
The importance of early detection of glaucoma
According to the organisers of World Glaucoma Week, it is estimate that around 80 million have the disease worldwide. With 50% of these individuals being unaware of this. When glaucoma is within its early stages, the patient is likely to experience no symptoms at all. Meaning many will leave this untreated, until the disease progresses. At the later stages of progression, glaucoma will likely cause blindness or significant visual impairment. For those with no signs or symptoms, regular eye examinations are key in detecting ‘symptomless’ glaucoma. Informing your patients of this and understanding their family history is vital in slowing the progression of glaucoma and offering an effective treatment/solution.
Investing in modern diagnostic equipment
Becoming an Essilor partner optician
will allow you and your practice access to modern optical equipment and lens solutions. We have an extensive range of optical diagnostic equipment, utilising the latest technology to provide your patients a much higher standard of care.
Our diagnostic tools
include a selection of topographers, OCTs, tonometers, fundus cameras and slit lamps. Both from our own team of experts and partner manufacturers, you can fully equip and modernise your practice with all the necessary tools and equipment to achieve accurate diagnosis. This includes modern optical coherence tomography (OCT) machines
, which could help you to better detect the early signs of common eye conditions, including glaucoma. Partnering with some of the leading manufacturers, including the likes of Topcon and Heidelberg Engineering, by investing in state-of-the-art OCT machines, you and your patients will benefit from:
- Automated operation
- Faster, more accurate diagnosis
- Compact devices
- A much more detailed view of your patients’ eye health
For more on World Glaucoma Week and the ways you can get involved in your practice, find out more here