Burnham opticians upskills on Glaucoma, the silent thief of sight
Specsavers opticians are marking World Glaucoma Week (11-18 March)
by up-skilling to better support customers with the condition.
symptomless in its early stages, glaucoma is one of the leading
causes of irreversible sight loss. It is thought to affect 700,000
people in the UK today, but as many as 50% of cases are undiagnosed.
conjunction with the International Glaucoma Association, Specsavers
has developed the training for its retail teams to assist sufferers
with their treatment. Specifically, they will be advising on how
to effectively administer eye drops, which are crucial for managing
Venkat, store director at Specsavers in Burnham-On-Sea, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"We are very proud to be involved in supporting the International
Glaucoma Association and being able to better support our customers
with the condition is a really positive development for our store."
store is such a big part of the community and it is really important
to us that we can provide the very best service to our customers
and support someone with the condition in the most effective way
member, Kerryanne James, completed the training and says: "I
found the training very educational. It opened my eyes to the condition
and gave me a greater understanding of how someone with glaucoma
can see and also what the restrictions are to their sight."
training is being rolled out across Specsavers stores nationwide
and complements the skills held by Specsavers optometrists,
who have collectively completed almost 5,000 postgraduate glaucoma
accreditations since 2017, through a variety of accrediting bodies
including Cardiff University and the College of Optometrists.