Experts forecast UK glaucoma epidemic, with 85% increase in sight-stealing condition by 2050
12.03.2018

Experts forecast UK glaucoma epidemic, with 85% increase in sight-stealing condition by 2050

A glaucoma crisis is set to strain an already-struggling NHS, with eye health experts predicting that the diagnosed number of cases in the UK is likely to top 1.28million by 2050 – an 85% increase.

As World Glaucoma Week (11-17 March 2018) puts the condition at the top of the health agenda, research conducted by the National Eye Research Centre and commissioned by Vision Express to mark its 30 years of trading, unveils a worrying landscape for glaucoma over the next 30 years. 

It estimates that the condition may affect 3.2million in the UK in 2050, but unless detection rates are improved, only 1.28million will have been diagnosed and be receiving the treatments they urgently need.

Other consumer research also reveals that worryingly 1 in 12 Brits (8%) have never had an eye test before.* 

Glaucoma is one of the biggest causes of preventable sight loss and already accounts for over one million outpatient NHS visits each year. However, the condition is symptomless in its early stages, and a regular eye test is the only way to detect it. 

To celebrate 30 years of eye health expertise, and in a bid to boost glaucoma detection rates, Vision Express is launching a brand new Vision Van – a mobile eye testing facility housed inside a one-of-its-kind vehicle - which will journey across the UK offering free eye tests to the public during World Glaucoma Week 2018. For more details, visit www.visionexpress.com/world-glaucoma-week-2018 

Please contact Daisy Whitfield-Davis at TVC Group - daisy@tvcgroup.com / Tel: (+44) 207 380 8000

*The research was conducted by Censuswide, with 1,967 respondents aged 18+ in GB.