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February is Age-related Macular Degeneration and Low Vision Awareness Month

This month is dedicated to increasing awareness of macular degeneration (AMD) and low vision. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of visual impairment for senior citizens. Macular degeneration is one of the causes of low vision, a phrase optometrists use to categorize major visual impairment that cannot be helped by typical measures such as regular glasses, contact lenses, medication or even surgical procedures. In the case of macular degeneration, a progressive eye disease, damage is caused to the macula, the area of the retina which produces sharp vision in the central visual field. AMD causes a vision loss relating to central vision, but typically doesn’t affect the peripheral visual field.

Vision loss due to age-related macular degeneration usually comes on gradually and painlessly over time but occasionally impairment can be sudden. Early symptoms of vision impairment from AMD include blurred areas in your central vision or unusually distorted sight. While there is currently no cure for AMD, early diagnosis and attention can stop advancement of the disease and subsequently avoid vision loss. For those who have already suffered from vision impairment, a normal life can be maintained with low-vision rehabilitation.

Those with greater risk factors of AMD include individuals over 65, females, Caucasians and individuals with blue eye color, severe farsightedness or a genetic disposition. Risk factors that can be minimized include smoking, hypertension, exposure to ultraviolet light and inactivity. Maintaining overall physical health and a proper diet has been determined to be preventative.

Individuals who suffer from low vision should speak to their eye care professional about low vision training and special devices that can facilitate independence. After an extensive assessment, a low vision specialist can suggest helpful low vision aids such as magnifiers and non-optical adaptive devices such as electronic ''talking'' clocks and large-face printed material.

Since AMD and other eye diseases can be prevented by early diagnosis, eye doctors suggest a routine yearly eye exam for all ages. Your awareness can lead to prevention of vision loss.


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

Previous symptoms:       Headache
                                            Dry cough
                                            Shortness of breath
                                            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, Again, we truly appreciate your understanding and support during this unprecedented time and look forward to seeing everyone soon!


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


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

We now offer TeleHealth consultations, Call (714) 540-2020 to schedule a time
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