LOCAL optometrists are urging community members to consider booking in for an eye health check to detect early signs of glaucoma during World Glaucoma Week this week.
More than 300,000 Australians are thought to have glaucoma, but only 50 per cent have been diagnosed.
Eyre Eye Centre optometrist Hannah Stanley said anyone could develop glaucoma but those with a family history or over 40-years-old had a higher risk of developing the progressive eye disease which affects peripheral vision.
Miss Stanley said glaucoma developed slowly and usually without any symptoms so an eye examination was critical to catching it at an early stage.
“There is no cure for glaucoma but it can be treated to prevent further loss of vision,” she said.
She said people with a first degree relative with glaucoma had a 1 in 4 chance if developing glaucoma.
Miss Stanley said people should be having their eye health checked once every two years.
“Visiting the optometrist doesn’t have to mean paying for a new set of glasses,” she said.
“We are lucky to have the testing that we do here in Port Lincoln, I would encourage anyone who hasn’t had their eyes checked in the last two years to make an appointment with their optometrist.”