Croydon’s Afro-Caribbean community urged to check their eyes

 

Croydon-eyesAfro-Caribbean residents are up to six times more likley to develop glaucoma, said the College of Optometrists

Members of Croydon's African and Caribbean community are being urged to check their eyes as part of a new glaucoma-awareness campaign.

The Eye Matter campaign was launched by the College of Optometrists after research revealed a lack of awareness of the eye condition, which can cause complete sight loss if undetected.

The condition can develop in people of any ethnic origin, but people of African and Caribbean origin are up to six times more likely to develop the condition and it can develop about ten years earlier than in other ethnic groups.

Over a third people of African and Caribbean descent in the UK are unaware they are at risk of developing glaucoma.

As part of the campaign, Dr Susan, clinical advisor to the College of Optometrists visited the Croydon African Caribbean Family Organisation (CACFO), where she gave information and held a Q&A session.

To find out more visitlookafteryoureyes.org.

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