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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Myopia (Nearsightedness)

Myopia, or nearsightedness, is a vision condition that is common in many Canadians. In fact, across North America, approximately 40 percent of adults suffer from some degree of myopia. While the exact cause of nearsightedness in the modern age is not known, many believe the prevalence of modern technology such as computers, notebooks, and smart devices that are held at close range has had some effect.
Myopia occurs when light entering the pupil of the eye, the area that shapes and focuses light to the back of the eye, or retina, does not bend the light correctly and light falls outside the retinal area. This causes items in close to medium ranges to be visible and in focus, with objects at distant ranges out of focus or blurry.

Symptoms of Myopia

As mentioned above, a major symptom of myopia is the inability to focus on distant objects. Other symptoms can include eye strain and headaches when performing activities that require you to focus at range, such as driving or watching a sporting event from the stands; while items at close range are comfortable to view, such as using a computer or reading a book.
As well, in children, myopia symptoms can present themselves in non-obvious ways. If your child constantly needs to sit at the front of the classroom to read a teacher’s notes, seems to be unaware of distant objects, and rubs their eyes constantly and blinks a lot when looking at distant objects, these are all possible symptoms of myopia.

Treatment of Myopia

The most common form of treatment for myopia is corrective eyewear or contact lenses. Multiple strengths of corrective vision are available for almost any degree of myopia, making this vision condition a very manageable one.
Surgical options exist as well, such as laser eye surgery (LASIK), or a specialized procedure called a photorefractive keratectomy, where a laser removes a layer of cornea in a very specific shape to flatten the angle of light entering the eye by a minuscule amount, allowing light to register correctly on the cornea.

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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