Cataracts develop commonly with age, and they are a leading cause of vision loss in Canada. In fact, over 2.5 million Canadians live with this disease. In healthy eyes, the crystalline lens that sits behind the front of the eye changes shape in order to focus vision. With age, however, this lens can become stiff and clouded. This clouding obscures vision by preventing light from reaching the retina.
Even though cataracts are a natural part of aging, you don’t have to live with them. If you suffer from cataracts, we can arrange referrals for treatment, which can restore your vision to its former clarity.
There are certain symptoms that can help you determine whether you have cataracts. If you do experience these symptoms, call our clinic to arrange an eye exam.
Anyone can develop cataracts, but there are certain risk factors that increase one’s odds of acquiring the disease.
Surgery to remove cataracts has become increasingly common and effective. In fact, it is one of the safest and most successful procedures. Over 95% of patients report improved vision after surgery, according to the CNIB.
Your Optometrist will conduct regular eye exams to monitor the progression of your cataracts. He will refer to you an experienced Ophthalmologist to remove your cataracts if surgery is deemed necessary.
The treatment and prevention of cataracts is improving more each day. The most important step you can take toward preventing cataracts is to schedule regular visits with your Optometrist. An eye exam may reveal early signs of the disease, which enables you to proactively manage your treatment. Our Optometrist can recommend specific foods and vitamins, and he can also offer tips to protect your eyes against harmful UV rays.
Cataracts are not common in children, but some children do develop the disease. A condition known as congenital cataracts is responsible for blindness in a significant number of children worldwide. Early detection is key, so it is important for children to receive regular eye exams.
Our Optometrist will track your cataract’s progress once it has been discovered, in order to determine how it is affecting your vision. New glasses and magnification aids can help you regain some of your visual functioning when the cataracts are in their early and intermediate stages. As the disease progresses, however, we may recommend surgery. He will refer you to an Ophthalmologist to remove the cataract, and we will work together during pre and post-operative care.