Glaucoma test

Dr Mark Porter / 16 February 2017

Dr Mark Porter advises a reader who wants to know if an optician can test for glaucoma.



Q: My sister has glaucoma and was told that her family members should have their eyes checked too. Can I be tested for it by a high-street optician?

A: Yes, you can. Glaucoma is a condition where pressure in the fluid within the eye increases, damaging the delicate retina. If it goes unnoticed it will cause irreversible loss of vision. Close relatives of someone with glaucoma should be screened regularly from the age of 35 (tests are free in the UK for relatives over 40). Find out more at iga.org.uk, 01233 648170.

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