Glaucoma Care

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Support & Assistance in Cowichan Valley

Glaucoma currently affects more than 400,000 CanadiansGlaucoma currently affects more than 400,000 Canadians, and occurs when the optic nerve becomes damaged, disrupting this vital link to the brain and, if left untreated, leading to vision loss or even blindness.

There are different types of glaucoma, but the most common form is primary open-angle glaucoma. This occurs when the drainage canals inside the eye become blocked, causing the aqueous fluid to build up, which eventually damages the optic nerve

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Protect Your Vision

Early Detection is Vital

Arguably the most disturbing aspect of glaucoma is the fact that it rarely exhibits warning signs or early symptoms. Generally, individuals who develop glaucoma don’t realize something is wrong until vision loss has already occurred. Peripheral vision is the first to be affected, and without proper treatment, glaucoma can lead to partial vision loss or even blindness.

Because the stakes are so high when it comes to glaucoma, an early-stage diagnosis is vitalearly-stage diagnosis is vital. Fortunately, your optometrist can detect glaucoma before vision loss begins, and can create a tailored treatment plan to slow its progression and preserve your vision.

Treatment Options

Medication & Surgery

Because high intraocular pressure is the most common cause of glaucoma, most glaucoma treatments aim to reduce the pressure within the eye, so the optic nerve doesn’t become increasingly damaged. However, it is important to note any damage that occurs is permanent.

Generally speaking, the first line of defence in treatment is medicated eye drops. These must be used as directed, with most types requiring daily use. Different prescription eye drops treat glaucoma in different ways: some may reduce the amount of intraocular fluid the eye produces, while others may act on the drainage canals to help them drain fluid more quickly.

Surgery is another option in the treatment of glaucoma. Surgical treatments include laser surgery, implanting drainage devices, and other methods that can reduce intraocular pressure.

How Can Cowichan Eyecare Help?

Your optometrist at Cowichan Eyecare will help you manage your eye health and determine the best treatment option for you based on the root cause of your glaucoma and other factors. We will closely monitor the progression of your glaucoma so that we can treat it as effectively as possible.

To help safeguard your vision against serious conditions such as glaucoma, you should undergo a comprehensive eye exam at least once per year.

Cowichan Eyecare can also manage your glaucoma care through the Care1 network.

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

Our Hours

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