Eye Disease Diagnosis & Management

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Safeguard Your Sight & Your Future

Cowichan Eyecare has been proudly providing high-quality services to Cowichan families for decades. We offer a variety of general and specialty services designed to meet the needs of all of our patients using cutting-edge technology to help us provide the best possible care.

If you are at all concerned about the risk of developing an eye disease, or believe that you may already have, we are here to help.

Many of us take our vision for granted without realizing how easy it is to lose. Unfortunately, it is more often than not that those who do not undergo regular eye exams only realize they are losing their sight once it is too late. This is because most common eye diseases do not display any noticeable symptoms at their onset.

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Diabetic Eye Disease

Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of vision loss associated with diabetes and affects nearly half a million Canadians. This condition develops when retinal blood vessels become clogged, irritated, or damaged due to high blood sugar levels.

Advanced diabetic retinopathy can lead to eventual retinal detachment, diabetic macular edema, and other issues.

Diabetic Macular Edema

When diabetic retinopathy is allowed to progress, it can evolve into diabetic macular edemadiabetic macular edema. This condition occurs when damaged blood vessels in the macula begin to leak blood, causing the macula to swell and distort vision. Symptoms of diabetic macular edema include double vision, blurry vision, and if left untreated, blindness.

Other Common Eye Diseases

Glaucoma affects nearly 400,000 Canadians and occurs when the optic nerve becomes damaged. Vision loss due to glaucoma is irreversible and generally, though not always, associated with high intraocular pressure.

For more information about glaucoma, and what steps you and your optometrist can take to slow its progression, please visit our GlaucomaGlaucoma page.

AMD currently affects approximately 1.4 million Canadians and is the leading cause of blindness in patients over the age of fifty. Age-related macular degeneration occurs when the macula begins to deteriorate, leading to central vision loss and, if left untreated, blindness.

For more information about AMD, and what steps you and your optometrist can take to slow its progression, please visit our Age-Related Macular DegenerationAge-Related Macular Degeneration page.

Did you know that cataracts are not technically an eye disease? Most people will eventually develop them, but some risk factors – such as smoking, excessive UV exposure, or having diabetes – can increase your risk of developing them earlier in life.

Though cataracts used to be a common cause of vision loss and blindness, modern cataract surgery can restore your clear vision.

For more information about cataracts, including information about workarounds and cataract surgery, please speak to your optometrist during your next appointment.

It’s Always Better to be Safe

We have only listed a handful of the common eye issues and diseases that we can diagnose, as well as treat or manage, at Cowichan Eyecare. If you are ever experiencing concerning symptoms or believe yourself to be at risk of eye disease, book your appointment with us today and ensure that you are protecting your vision.

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Our Services

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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

Our Hours

Mondays
8:30 AM5 PM
Tuesdays
8:30 AM8 PM
Wednesdays
8:30 AM5 PM
Thursdays
8:30 AM8 PM
Fridays
8:30 AM5 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM4 PM
Sunday
Closed

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

Our Hours

Mondays
8:30 AM5 PM
Tuesdays
8:30 AM8 PM
Wednesdays
8:30 AM5 PM
Thursdays
8:30 AM8 PM
Fridays
8:30 AM5 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM4 PM
Sunday
Closed

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

Our Hours

Monday
8:30 AM7 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM7 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM5 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM5 PM
Friday
8:30 AM5 PM
Weekend
Closed

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

Our Hours

Monday
8:30 AM7 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM7 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM5 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM5 PM
Friday
8:30 AM5 PM
Weekend
Closed

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

Our Hours

Monday
8:30 AM5 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM8 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM8 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM8 PM
Friday
8:30 AM8 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM5 PM
Sunday
By appointment only

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

Our Hours

Monday
8:30 AM5 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM8 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM8 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM8 PM
Friday
8:30 AM8 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM5 PM
Sunday
By appointment only

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.

Contact Us

Phone: 250.749.4440
Fax: 250.749.4448

Our Address

44 Stanley Road
Lake Cowichan, BC V0R 2G0

Our Hours

Monday
Closed
Tuesday
9 AM5 PM
Wednesday
9 AM5 PM
Thursday
9 AM5 PM
Friday
Closed
Weekends
Closed

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

Our Hours

Monday
Closed
Tuesday
9 AM5 PM
Wednesday
9 AM5 PM
Thursday
9 AM5 PM
Friday
Closed
Weekends
Closed

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