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November is National Diabetes Month

Are you aware that diabetes is the chief agent of vision loss among men and women between age twenty and seventy-four? In the past four years alone, over four million people in North America living with diabetes were subsequently diagnosed with diabetes related blindness. Of this group, seventy thousand were afflicted with severe diabetic retinopathy, which can result in untreatable blindness.

While not everyone is at risk of diabetic retinopathy, it is important to know the relationship between the disease and blindness.

To start, those living with diabetes are at risk. One method to learn if you have vision loss caused by diabetes is to have your eye doctor test your vision regularly. The longer the disease remains undiagnosed, the greater the danger of diabetes caused blindness. Quick treatment is vital in terms of halting further loss.

Women who are pregnant that are diagnosed with gestational diabetes have a higher possibility of contracting diabetic retinopathy. It is advisable to undergo a comprehensive dilated eye test after diagnosis as well.

You may ask yourself why all the panic? Won't there be obvious symptoms if you were losing your sight?

Well, the answer surprisingly is, not necessarily. There are many forms of diabetic retinopathy, and only those which are in the advanced stages are easily discernible. Proliferative diabetes might have no symptoms. Macular edema is another diabetes related disease which results in extreme vision loss. Both afflictions may develop with no noticeable signs. This is why early diagnosis is important to stopping any long term injury.

A complete assessment will search for symptoms of diabetic retinopathy. There are various stages to this exam which will expose the tell-tale signs, including a swelling of the retina, the existence of fatty deposits on the retina, leaky blood vessels, and damaged nerve tissue. What is included in a complete vision exam?

First of all you will undergo a visual acuity examination by means of an eye chart which is used to measure how accurately you are able to see at varying distances. This is similar to the visual acuity checks given by optometrists, if you require corrective lenses.

During a dilated eye exam, the eye doctor puts drops in your eyes to enlarge your pupils. Not a particularly beloved test by the faint of heart, but it can stop a loss of autonomy further down the road. This measure makes it easier to monitor more of the inside of your eyes to identify for specific clues that reveal the likelihood of diabetic retinopathy. The momentary discomfort will probably save your ability to see.

Take care of your eye sight. Even a little hesitation might cause irreparable damage. If you are diabetic, it is essential to schedule an eye examination with an optometrist every year.


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!!!


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Monday: 10:00 AM to 7:00PM
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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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