World Glaucoma Week starts on Monday 10th March as part of the worldwide campaign to raise awareness of the eye disease which affects the optic nerves.
It has been described as "the silent thief of sight" as the condition does not cause symptoms in the early stages.
In the UK it is estimated that the disease affects one-in-200 people over the age of 40 years.
When glaucoma is discovered early and treated, its progression can be delayed to the extent that 80% of appropriately treated glaucoma patients should not encounter significant visual disability during their lifetime.
An open day surgery with a drop-in session is being held on Wednesday 12th March 2014 from 2pm at the Eye Clinic in Southport hospital.
Mr Gonzalez-Martin, consultant ophthalmologist, doctors from his team and members of the Southport and West Lancashire Patients’ Glaucoma Support Group will be there to give further information on the disease. There is also the opportunity to have an eye assessment.
The support group will also hold a public meeting on Wednesday 19th March at 2pm at the Royal Clifton Hotel, Southport.
Issued by Nina Buckley, Senior Marketing and Communications Officer Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust Telephone 01704 705061 Email email@example.com