New Tecumseth Optometry Clinic
4 Victoria St E Alliston ON L9R 1T4 (705) 435-2020
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Alliston, ON
(705) 243-9231

Eye Disease Diagnosis & Management

Cataract Exam & Treatment

Did you know that more than 2.5 million Canadians suffer from cataracts?

Cataracts Are Treatable and Easily Diagnosed

There is a popular misconception that losing your visual acuity is an inevitable consequence of aging. In reality, vision loss due to cataracts can be treated with a safe and routine surgical procedure. Vision quality between 20/20 and 20/40 can be safely restored via cataract surgery.

If you’re considering cataract surgery, book to come see us for an eye exam to determine your candidacy. We will perform a routine examination of your eyes as well as assess the status of your cataracts, overall eye health, and assess other variables that influence the outcome of your surgery.

Assuming that you are a candidate, we will then refer you to an Ophthalmologist who will perform the procedure.

Surgery sounds scary. It isn’t – in fact, cataract removal surgery is the most common surgical procedure performed in North America. It is a staple of modern eye care and something that our Optometrists – and associated Ophthalmologists – are well versed in.

The Ophthalmologist will replace your clouded lens with a clear intraocular lens (IOL). The IOL is made of plastic and closely emulates the function of your original lens. The successful result of this procedure is the significant improvement of your vision.

The surgery itself is quite mild, with minor discomfort for a few weeks post-surgery. By the time the season changes your surgery will be long forgotten and your vision will be improved!

By age 60, most Canadians have some level of cataract development in one or both eyes. This is due to the change in the lens of your eye and is unavoidable for most people.

If you have regular eye exams you are likely well-versed on the development of your cataracts. If you are not, you may notice a slow and gradual change to your vision:

  • Vision becomes hazy or cloudy, like looking through a cloudy shower door
  • Colours appear faded, or you may not be able to distinguish between them at all
  • A coloured “haze” slowly develops, like an old Polaroid photograph
  • Glare from light sources, especially at night

The risk factors that impact cataract development are currently definitively unknown, though there are studies that suggest that the items below may influence cataract development:

  • Prior eye injury
  • Prior eye surgery
  • UV radiation (from sunlight, digital displays, and other UV sources)
  • Extended use of corticosteroid medications
  • Family history/genetics

There are many types of cataracts. The three most common are:

  • Subcapsular Cataract – Occurs at the back of the lens. People with diabetes or using steroidal medications are at greater risk to develop these.
  • Nuclear Cataract – Forms in the nucleus of the lens. In some cases, a nuclear cataract can cause “second sight”, where your visual acuity is temporarily increased. This effect wears off as the cataract develops.
  • Cortical Cataract – Occurs in the lens cortex (the tissue surrounding the central nucleus). Opaque white flecks begin to form around the centre of the lens (similar to the spokes on a wheel).

Conjunctivitis (Red Eye)

Suffering From Red Eye/Pink Eye? We Can Help Quickly Alleviate Your Symptoms

Conjunctivitis can be very contagious. Should you suspect you have it, call our clinic ASAP to book an appointment.

Wait times at our clinic are generally substantially shorter than a walk-in clinic or emergency room. Not only that, but we perform the same medical services and procedures that you would receive in a clinic.
Treatment can begin to alleviate conjunctivitis symptoms quickly after commencement.

Most forms of conjunctivitis respond quickly to treatment. There is no need to suffer through symptoms any longer than you have to. Request an appointment to see us for testing, diagnosis, and treatment.

Conjunctivitis – aka, pink eye or red eye – has a myriad of causes; environmental factors (dust, smoke), allergens (pollen, etc.), chemicals (found in soaps/shampoos, cleaning products, etc.), and pathogens (bacteria/viruses) can all cause conjunctivitis.

Only an Optometrist can properly diagnose certain forms of conjunctivitis, so your safest bet is to come see us.

Symptoms of conjunctivitis include:

  • Itchy, scratchy, and generally irritated eyes
  • Watery eyes, excessive tearing
  • A burning sensation (regardless of whether it’s persistent or intermittent)
  • Sensitivity to light, especially the sun
  • Redness/pinkness of the eye (including eyelid) or surrounding areas

Treatment for conjunctivitis is dependent on its cause. Once we have a formalized diagnosis we will be able to treat appropriately.

  • In the case of a bacterial infection, antibiotics are used to eliminate the infection; a viral infection must be left to run its course (though the symptoms may still be treated).
  • Environmental or allergic causes can be identified, enabling you to discontinue further exposure.

We are right in the centre of Alliston, by the intersection of Victoria St E and Church St N. Find our location.

Regardless of the cause of your case of conjunctivitis, we can help you manage the symptoms and provide you appropriate next steps.

Treatments include antibiotics (where appropriate), eye drops, and antihistamines (where appropriate).

If you currently suspect you have conjunctivitis:

  • Remove your contacts and do not put them back in until all signs of conjunctivitis have passed
  • Wash your hands frequently
  • If your eyes feel gunky or sticky, use a soft moist cloth to wipe it gently away from your eyes

Glaucoma Testing & Management

Glaucoma is often asymptomatic and painless, making it imperative to catch it preemptively.

Glaucoma Cannot Be Cured But It Can Be Controlled

At this time there is no permanent solution for glaucoma. However, depending on the type of glaucoma you have, there are various management tools and treatments that can slow or halt further progression of the disease.

These include eye drops, oral medication, as well as laser and classical surgical techniques.

Often, glaucoma develops undetected. Most forms of glaucoma are painless and asymptomatic (initially). glaucoma develops over time, slowly worsening your vision. If left undetected long enough you may develop “tunnel vision”, where your ability to see via your peripheral vision becomes greatly reduced.

Certain types of glaucoma – notably, acute angle-closure glaucoma – can present sudden symptoms, including:

  • Blurry vision
  • Eye pain, often significant
  • Nausea, vomiting, acid reflux
  • Sensitivity to lights, halos

Glaucoma comes in two main flavours, each with their own variations. Open-angle glaucoma (OAG) and narrow angle glaucoma.

Variations of OAG include: primary open angle glaucoma (POAG), normal-tension glaucoma (NTG), pigmentary glaucoma, pseudoexfoliation glaucoma, secondary glaucoma and congenital glaucoma.

Variations of narrow angle glaucoma include include acute angle closure glaucoma, chronic angle closure glaucoma, and neovascular glaucoma.

Glaucoma Has No Clear-Cut Cause

Glaucoma is not categorized by a cause so much as the nature of the damage it does to your optic nerve. This damage is almost always irreversible- it can only be prevented, not repaired.

Diagnosing Glaucoma

Testing for glaucoma is part of your eye exam. Using a tonometer, we measure your intraocular pressure (IOP). We also test via optical coherence tomography (OCT) to measure the health of the retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL) and macula. Visual field testing gives us perspective on your field of vision and as well as whether or not you have or are developing for blind spots.

Typical Glaucoma Treatments

The most common treatments for glaucoma are medicated eye drops, which work to lower your intraocular pressure (IOP). The eye drops work by reducing the amount of fluid created in the eye, as well as by helping the eye discharge the fluid it does create.

There are also surgical options for glaucoma:

  • Laser Trabeculoplasty – This procedure facilitates fluid drainage from your eye, thereby stimulating a lower IOP. Suitable for open-angle glaucoma
  • Laser Iridotomy – A laser creates a small hole in your iris, enabling fluid to drain via the drainage angle and thus lowering IOP. Suitable for closed-angle glaucoma
  • Non-Laser Options – Due to the effectiveness of eye drops and the laser procedures mentioned above, traditional surgical methods (peripheral iridectomy, trabeculectomy, aqueous shunts) are rarely performed

Do not deviate from your treatment. It is easy to downplay the importance of strict adherence to treatment because glaucoma often shows no symptoms. We implore you not to neglect treatment as the cost of doing so can be severe.

Many people that experience significant loss or blindness as a result from glaucoma do so because they fail to adhere to their treatment. It cannot be understated how important it is to stay on top of your medications (whether they are eye drops or oral).

If you find your eye drops uncomfortable, or if you are experiencing negative side effects, do not discontinue use until you have talked to us first.

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) 243-9231
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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