New Tecumseth Optometry Clinic
4 Victoria St E Alliston ON L9R 1T4 (705) 435-2020

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Alliston, ON
(705) 435-2020
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Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

Behind glaucoma and cataracts, AMD, or Age-related Macular Degeneration is one of the major causes of vision loss for Canadians over the age of 65. The macula itself is a small portion of your retina that handles the “straight ahead” portion of vision by using a tight group of cone-shaped that absorb light along their length.

There are two primary types of AMD:

  • Dry Macular Degeneration, or non-neovascular: This type of AMD is when the macular cells begin to degrade and fail, or if there is damage via disease or trauma to the retina. This type of AMD is diagnosed in about 90% of all AMD cases.
  • Wet Macular Degeneration, or neovascular: This type of AMD is when new blood vessels form behind the retina and push out against the retina, or leak fluid into the retinal space in the rear of the eye. This type of AMD is far more advanced, and can cause scarring in the eye, which leads to significant visual impairment and possible blindness.

AMD Symptoms

Depending on which type of macular degeneration that is occurring, two differing sets of symptoms may present themselves.
For Dry AMD, the following symptoms may present over a long period of time, usually over the course of a few years:

  • Central vision loss in one or both eyes
  • Difficulty reading or focusing on small items
  • Decreased vision in dim light situations
  • Warping or distorting vision around a central point in vision

For Wet AMD, the following symptoms usually present in a short period of time, in the range of months to a year:

  • Reduced colour vision
  • Significant worsening of symptoms in a short period of time
  • Blurred vision spots in the straight ahead field of view
  • Reduced central vision in one or both eyes

AMD Treatment

At this point in time, there is no known cure for AMD, as there are only a finite number of macular cells in the retina, and once damage has begun, it is irreversible. Delayed onset can be managed with a combination of diet, including proper nutrition and supplementation, as well as lifestyle choices such as smoking, obesity, and exercise.
Common treatments include vitamin infused eye drops, oral supplementation, and vision therapy to learn to cope with any vision loss once it begins to occur.

What You'll Find at New Tecumseth Optometry

Our clinic is completely wheelchair accessible and has been recently renovated to update our exam and testing rooms. You’ll also find our eyewear boutique showing off many of the latest styles of frames and sunglasses from trendy new brands, as well as your old favourites from brands you already love.

Thanks to our on-site lab, we are able to significantly reduce the lead time between when you receive your prescription and when your new set of glasses or sunglasses are ready. Using our Optics Lab, we are better able to monitor quality of the lenses and frames that we offer our patients and clients.

At NTOC we have the most advanced imaging equipment, and our newest addition the Zeiss Clarus 500 Widefield Fundus Camera is changing the game! This camera takes 210-degree panoramic photos which allows our doctors to see down to 7 microns and captures retinal changes at the earliest stage. It is a very useful tool for early diagnosis and management of eye diseases including AMD, diabetic eye disease, and glaucoma.

Location Information

We are located in the heart of Alliston.
You can find us near Shoppers Drug Mart, just south of Victoria Street East on Centre Street South.

Free parking is available in the municipal parking lot directly across the street from us. We do have a wheelchair-accessible parking spot at our building. Please refrain from parking in the Shoppers Drug Mart parking lot as you may be towed.


15 Centre Street South
Alliston, ON L9R 1G8

Contact Information

Phone: (705) 435-2020
Fax: (705) 435-5031
  • Monday: 8am - 4pm
  • Tuesday: 8am - 6pm
  • Wednesday: 12pm - 8pm
  • Thursday: 8am - 6pm
  • Friday: 8am - 4pm
  • Saturday: 8am - 2pm
  • Sunday: Closed

Please note we closed on the Saturday and Monday of long weekends.

  • Dr. Hani Amarnath
  • Dr. John Peacock
  • And Associates
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