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February is Age-related Macular Degeneration Awareness Month

Its’ Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Awareness Month, and we are here to share. Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of severe, permanent vision loss in people over age 60, but new treatments have dramatically changed the course of this disease over the last 10 years, making AMD more manageable than ever before. You can save their vision thanks to recent treatment advances, but early detection is a critical first step.

AMD happens when the small central portion of your retina, called the macula, wears down. The retina is the light-sensing nerve tissue at the back of your eye. Because the disease happens as you get older, it’s often called age-related macular degeneration. It usually doesn’t cause blindness but might cause severe vision problems. Another form of macular degeneration, called Stargardt disease or juvenile macular degeneration, affects children and young adults.

Symptoms of Macular Degeneration

Early on, you might not have any noticeable signs. It might not be diagnosed until it gets worse or affects both eyes. Symptoms of macular degeneration may include:

    • Worse or less clear vision. Your vision might be blurry, and it may be hard to read fine print or drive.
    • Dark, blurry areas in the center of your vision
    • Rarely, worse or different color perception

If you have any of these symptoms, go to an eye doctor as soon as possible.

Causes of Macular Degeneration

Age-related macular degeneration is more common in older people. It’s the leading cause of severe vision loss in adults over 60. Macular degeneration may have something to do with your genes. If someone in your family has it, your risk might be higher. Smoking, having high blood pressure or high cholesterol, obesity, eating lots of saturated fat, being light-skinned, being female, and having a light eye color are also risk factors.

Macular Degeneration Prevention

A large study found that some people with dry AMD could slow the disease by taking supplements of vitamins C and E, lutein, zeaxanthin, zinc, and copper. Ask your doctor whether these supplements would help you.

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To our Valued Eye Q Clients

During this difficult time, I would like to wish you and your loved ones much blessings, you are all in our thoughts and prayers. The safety and welfare of our clients and employees are paramount. Upon monitoring the global spread of the COVID-19, Eye Q Optical has further enhanced our health and safety standards and procedures to ensure your safety in our offices and that of our team.

In our efforts to keep our employees and clients safe, we have developed a COVID-19 Response Plan, which outlines our response to the outbreak. These efforts will allow us to continue to provide the quality eye-care service and attention you are accustomed to. Some of the measures we are employing to mitigate the local transmission of the Coronavirus include:
  • We have employed continuous sanitizing techniques & delayed our usual "Try-On-Yourself" policy. Please visit "Covid-19 Announcement" for full details.
  • Our Manor Park office will now have limited opening times. Learn more here.
  • We have reduced the number of appointments per hour to ensure social distancing in store.  Unfortunately children and patients over the age of 65 are not allowed at this time (emergency cases only, please call for advice).
  • There will be no contact lens fittings at this time but replacement contact lenses can be ordered online here or by calling us. Whether you ordered from us, or have an outside prescription, we can provide up to 6 months supply without having to come in for a refit. Payment can be made via bank transfer, and delivered free in corporate area.
  • We cannot stress how important it is to practice good Contact Lens & Eyewear cleaning methods at this time.
  • If you are experiencing any medical eye problems (red eyes, itching eyes, watery eyes, or eye health related issues etc.) please call to speak with doctor for advice before making appointment.
  • Glasses, or lenses, may be replaced / reordered without the need for annual exam providing you are happy with your vision from current pair, and have your prescription. Note: to use health insurance prescription must be within 2 years.  Payment can be made via bank transfer, and delivered free in corporate area.

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