Myopia Control

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Myopia Control Can Safeguard Your Child’s Vision

Nearly thirty percent of all Canadians have myopia. It’s a common condition, but this doesn’t mean it should be taken lightly. At Cowichan Eyecare, offering high-quality care in a friendly and caring environment is the foundation of our entire practice.

If you or a loved one is experiencing nearsightedness, we can help you learn more about this condition and take steps that could help slow its progression.

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Myopia: Who is At Risk & How it Affects You

What Is Myopia?

Myopia affects the ability to see clearly at a distance, hence its common name “nearsightedness”. An individual with myopia may have great vision when it comes to focusing on things close-up but has trouble focusing on objects farther away.

Myopia is a refractive error, which means the eye has an irregular shape, which causes light to focus in front of the retina instead of on it, creating blurry distance vision.

What Risks Are Associated With Myopia?

While many believe that myopia is a fairly harmless condition, this isn’t always the case. If myopia is not properly managed early on, it can progress rapidly and cause serious vision problems later in life. However, this is more true for cases of high or severe myopia than it is for mild to moderate myopia.

Patients with myopia are more likely to develop several serious conditions, including:

Myopia Control For Children

While myopia can have extremely adverse effects, there are also many different ways to prevent, manage, and control its progression.

Controlling Myopia

The most important thing you can do to help safeguard your child’s vision is to ensure they go for annual eye exams. These exams allow your child’s optometrist to track changes in their eye health and vision, and ensure their prescription is kept up to date.

There are also several strategies that can be used to control myopia in some cases.

At Cowichan Eyecare, we offer:

  1. Multifocal contact lenses and eyeglasses. These are specifically designed to accommodate your child’s range of vision.
  2. Orthokeratology or “Ortho-K” contact lenses. These specially shaped contact lenses to gently reshape the eye overnight to offer clear vision the next day without the need to wear glasses or contact lenses.
  3. Low dose atropine eye drops. These eye drops can relieve “focusing fatigue”, forcing your child’s eyes to relax and potentially slowing the progression of their myopia.
  4. MyoVision lenses. These lenses use specialized technology to delay myopia progression by up to thirty percent for some patients.

Our Technology

OCT, or optical coherence tomography, is a type of image testing used to photograph the retina. Our retinas have ten different layers, and the thickness of each can be accurately measured using this technology.

OCT helps us determine whether your eye is healthy and gives us the information we need to treat any problems thoroughly and effectively. OCT is used to guide treatment for diseases such as glaucoma, AMD, and diabetic eye disease.

Optomap is another piece of technology we can use to analyze your retinas. This revolutionary tool gives us an ultra-wide view of your retina and does not require dilation drops.

The images taken are stored for future reference so that we can keep track of changes in your eye structure, no matter how small. This allows for early diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases that may not present with symptoms until their later stages.

Take Control of Your Child’s Vision

For more information on any of the above treatments, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are also happy to answer any questions you may have about myopia and how it may affect you or a loved one.

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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
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.

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.

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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