International Glaucoma Association (IGA) has launched a new booklet for patients identified as being at risk of glaucoma.

It hoped community optometrists will stock the free Eye Clinic Referral booklets and give them to patients who are at risk.

The booklet covers what glaucoma is, what a patient should take with them to the first appointment, what information to tell the consultant and what tests will be done.

IGA chief executive, Karen Osborn, said: ‘The booklet will help everyone involved: the optometrist, the patient, and the consultant.

‘We also go through some of the treatment options so if someone is diagnosed with glaucoma they’ll know a little more about what to expect.’

Booklets are available for free online at the IGA’s website.