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Be In the Know About Glaucoma

In an effort to spread the word about the ''sneak thief of sight,'' January has been declared National Glaucoma Awareness Month. Glaucoma is the leading cause of avoidable permanent vision loss, responsible for 9%-12% of all cases of total vision loss in the United States and effecting nearly 70 million people around the world. Because the disease has no early symptoms, experts believe that nearly half of those with glaucoma are unaware of their illness.

Glaucoma is actually a number of ocular diseases that damage the eye's optic nerve, which is responsible for transmitting images to be processed in the brain. Although glaucoma can affect anyone, those at higher risk include African Americans above 40 years of age, senior citizens, in particular of Mexican ancestry, and individuals with a family history of the disease.

Since blindness of this kind can not be restored, early diagnosis of glaucoma is imperative. Symptoms of the disease, however, don’t present themselves before damage has taken place, and usually start with an irreversible loss of peripheral (side) vision.

Treatment for glaucoma is determined based on the type of glaucoma and the extent of the vision loss, and may include pressure-reducing eye surgery or medications, often eye drops. While scientists are researching a cure, it has not yet been found and therefore proper diagnosis and treatment are the only ways to prevent vision loss. Since glaucoma develops gradually and requires constant attention, it is preferable to find an eye care professional you trust.

The NIH's National Eye Institute recently found that while ninety percent of people had heard of glaucoma, a mere eight percent were aware that it has no early warning signs. Only an experienced optometrist can detect the early effects of glaucoma, through a thorough glaucoma screening. We suggest a yearly screening as the most effective way to prevent damage from this silent disease. Don’t delay in scheduling a comprehensive eye exam before it’s too late.

SOUTH COAST OPTOMETRY UPDATE – JULY 1, 2020

COVID-19 has been and continues to be an ongoing trial for all of us. During this unforeseen time, we ask kindly for your understanding and compliance to the CDC guidelines. In order to decrease the chances of contraction, we are allowing only one parent to accompany their child during the examination. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

We also want to inform you of the new additional symptoms of COVID-19 that have been added to the previous symptoms as potential indicators of having COVID-19:

New symptoms:             Congestion/runny nose
                                           Nausea
                                           Diarrhea

Previous symptoms:       Headache
                                            Fever/chills
                                            Dry cough
                                            Shortness of breath
                                            Fatigue
                                            Sore throat
                                            Muscle/body aches
                                            New loss of taste or smell

Please be aware that a person does not have to have all of these symptoms but anyone or multiple symptoms can be an indicator of having COVID-19. If you or any family members are experiencing any of the above symptoms, we kindly ask that you reschedule your appointment and contact yourprimary care provider. It is best to reschedule your appointment with us after being symptom-free for14 days.

We at South Coast Optometry truly appreciate each and every one of you as a person and value your trust in us to take care of your most precious eyes. As always, we will continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation and communicate any and all changes through our website,
www.SouthCoastOptometry.com. Again, we truly appreciate your understanding and support during this unprecedented time and look forward to seeing everyone soon!

Sincerely,

Dr. Daniel E. Quon, O.D., and The Entire South Coast Optometry Team!!!

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Until further notice, we are only seeing essential care patients. Our hours are:
Monday: 10:00 AM to 7:00PM
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Friday: 10:00AM to 6:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

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