This is World Glaucoma Week to remind people of the importance of eye exams. Glaucoma is commonly referred to as the silent thief of sight and is asymptomatic in most cases so by the time the condition is noticed the vision loss is irreversible. Despite being asymptomatic a recent Specsavers survey conducted by Leger shows 71 percent of Canadians expect at least one early warning symptom of glaucoma.
Another survey showed that one in four Canadians who do not wear corrective glasses have not had an eye exam in over ten years and ten percent of this group have not had an eye exam at all in their lifetime.
Director of Optometry at Specsavers Naomi Barber explains regular visits to an optometrist and early detection through 3D eye scans are crucial for treatment and ongoing monitoring of glaucoma. She adds many vision threatening eye conditions including glaucoma progress to advanced stages without symptoms while vision loss is preventable if caught early.