Age-Related Macular Degeneration

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Safeguard Your Central Vision

Safeguard Your Central Vision

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a disease that affects the macula. If left untreated, it can cause your central vision to become blurry, developing dark spots or other vision issues. This, in turn, can affect your ability to read, drive, and recognize faces.

AMD is the leading cause of blindness in patients over the age of fifty, and currently affects approximately 1.4 million Canadians. Like other forms of eye disease, AMD rarely exhibits symptoms until irreversible vision loss has already occurred.

AMD has two main forms: dry and wet. Dry AMD is less serious, but can develop into wet AMD if left untreated. Dry AMD occurs when the macula becomes too thin to support the eye’s photoreceptor cells. When this happens, the photoreceptor cells die off, causing vision loss. Wet AMD is less common, and occurs when the blood vessels under the macula begin to swell and become misshapen, eventually leaking blood and other fluid, which damages the delicate photoreceptor cells.

What Causes AMD?

Age-related macular degeneration is caused by the deterioration of the macula, which is located on the central portion of the retina. Unfortunately, scientists are still not entirely sure what causes AMD to develop.

Who’s At Risk?

The prevalent risk factor in developing AMD is, obviously, age. However, individuals who smoke, have a high rate of UV exposure, or have a family history of AMD may be more likely to develop this debilitating condition. Other conditions associated with the development of AMD may include high blood pressure.

Preventing AMD

There’s no secret to the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. Protecting yourself from UV exposure (starting as early as possible), eating a healthy diet full of antioxidants, and refraining from smoking are all important for preventing AMD.

Detecting AMD

The only way to detect AMD in its earlier stages is to undergo annual eye exams. Because age-related macular degeneration does not display any symptoms in its early stages, it is extremely difficult to diagnose without the use of an eye exam.

If your optometrist detects AMD, or suspects you are at risk of developing it, they may send you home with a test called the Amsler grid, which you should take every day. If your perception of the grid suddenly changes, and you notice dark spots, wavy lines, or other distortions, it could mean that you have begun to develop AMD.

Living With AMD

Unfortunately, just as no singular cause of AMD has yet been discovered, neither has a cure. However, there are many different treatments and resources available to help patients living with AMD.

Fortunately, the progression of AMD can be slowed using lifestyle changes, such as eating a healthier diet, quitting smoking, or always remembering to wear your sunglasses whenever you are outside.

Wet AMD can sometimes be treated, though not cured, using medication, which is injected into the macula.

We Offer Practical & Compassionate Care

If you or somebody you love is at risk for (or has already developed) age-related macular degeneration, we are here to help. We will answer all of your questions and work with you to create a treatment plan that suits your needs. Make the most of your vision with Cowichan Eyecare.

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Duncan and Area

Visit our main location in Duncan, enclosed by the Trans-Canada Highway, Beverly Street, and Canada Avenue. We are right next to Thrifty Foods.

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Phone: 250.748.3937
Fax: 250.597.3456

Our Address

Unit 2 – 2755 Beverly Street
Duncan, BC V9L 6X2
Mondays
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesdays
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM & 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Wednesdays
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursdays
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Fridays
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Weekends
Closed

Please note that on Tuesdays we are closed from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM for our weekly staff meeting.

Visit our main location in Duncan, enclosed by the Trans-Canada Highway, Beverly Street, and Canada Avenue. We are right next to Thrifty Foods.

Contact Us

Phone: 250.748.3937
Fax: 250.597.3456

Our Address

Unit 2 – 2755 Beverly Street
Duncan, BC V9L 6X2
Mondays
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesdays
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM & 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Wednesdays
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursdays
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Fridays
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Weekends
Closed

Please note that on Tuesdays we are closed from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM for our weekly staff meeting.

Chemainus and Area

We look forward to serving you at our Chemainus location next to Grapefully Yours Winemakers. Find us just off of Maple Lane and Croft Street.

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Phone: 250.246.3405
Fax: 250.246.3408

Our Address

Unit 106 – 9844 Croft Street
Chemainus, BC V0R 1K0
Monday
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM & 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Weekend
Closed

Please note that on Thursdays we are closed from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM for our staff meeting.

We look forward to serving you at our Chemainus location next to Grapefully Yours Winemakers. Find us just off of Maple Lane and Croft Street.

Contact Us

Phone: 250.246.3405
Fax: 250.246.3408

Our Address

Unit 106 – 9844 Croft Street
Chemainus, BC V0R 1K0
Monday
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM & 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Weekend
Closed

Please note that on Thursdays we are closed from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM for our staff meeting.

Cobble Hill and Area

We can’t wait to meet you at our Cobble Hill location. We are located off of Cowichan Bay Road, located close to Drumroasters Coffee.

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Phone: 250.743.8899
Fax: 250.743.8898

Our Address

Unit 56 – 1400 Cowichan Bay Rd
Cobble Hill, BC V0R 1L3
Monday
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM – 8:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM & 1:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Sunday
Closed

Please note that on Thursdays we are closed from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM for our weekly staff meeting.

We can’t wait to meet you at our Cobble Hill location. We are located off of Cowichan Bay Road, located close to Drumroasters Coffee.

Contact Us

Phone: 250.743.8899
Fax: 250.743.8898

Our Address

Unit 56 – 1400 Cowichan Bay Rd
Cobble Hill, BC V0R 1L3
Monday
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM – 8:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM & 1:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Sunday
Closed

Please note that on Thursdays we are closed from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM for our weekly staff meeting.

Lake Cowichan and Area

We are conveniently located in the plaza off of Stanley Road and Cowichan Lake Road. Find us between the IDA Island Pharmacy #2 and Resonance Hearing Clinic.

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Phone: 250.749.4440
Fax: 250.749.4448

Our Address

44 Stanley Road
Lake Cowichan, BC V0R 2G0
Monday
Closed
Tuesday
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM & 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Friday
Closed
Weekends
Closed

Please note that on Thursdays we are closed from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM for our staff meeting.

We are conveniently located in the plaza off of Stanley Road and Cowichan Lake Road. Find us between the IDA Island Pharmacy #2 and Resonance Hearing Clinic.

Contact Us

Phone: 250.749.4440
Fax: 250.749.4448

Our Address

44 Stanley Road
Lake Cowichan, BC V0R 2G0
Monday
Closed
Tuesday
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM & 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Friday
Closed
Weekends
Closed

Please note that on Thursdays we are closed from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM for our staff meeting.

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