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 advanced imaging equipment called the Cirrus HD-OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography). The OCT not only takes pictures of the eye, it can also take direct cross-sectional images of the retina and optic nerve thereby screening for eye disease such as macular degeneration, diabetic eye disease, and glaucoma. It is a very useful tool for early diagnosis and management of eye disease.
Click here to learn more about OCT Imaging

Location Information

We are located in the heart of Alliston.
Found on the corner of Church St N and Victoria St E, our clinic is easy to find. If you are unfamiliar with the area, we are across the street from the Alliston Library, and just east of the Bank of Montreal.

Free parking is available behind the Dollar Store as well as the Town Square.

Address

4 Victoria St E
Alliston, ON L9R 1T4

Contact Information

Phone: (705) 435-2020
Fax: (705) 435-5031
  • Monday: 8:30am - 5pm
  • Tuesday: 8:30am - 8pm
  • Wednesday: 8:30am - 8pm
  • Thursday: 8:30am - 8pm
  • Friday: 9:30am - 5pm
  • Saturday: 8am - 1pm
  • Sunday: Closed
  • Dr. Hani Amarnath
  • Dr. John Peacock
  • And Associates
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