Detecting cataracts before they begin to drastically affect your vision is ideal. We can diagnose cataracts early on through a comprehensive eye wellness exam, allowing for non-invasive treatment options. The earlier we detect your cataracts, the more treatment options we have to improve your vision.
The effect that cataracts can have on your vision will depend on the type of cataracts you have.
One or more of the following symptoms may present:
Cataracts can develop regardless of your lifestyle and affect both men and women.
There are certain risk factors that increase your chances of developing cataracts. They include:
During the early stages of cataracts, eyeglasses and contact lenses can typically correct your vision to an acceptable level.
If the stage of your cataracts is beyond the point of correction through eyeglasses and contact lenses, cataract surgery may be an option.
Cataract surgery is one of the most common eye surgeries in North America. Extensive research has lead to a high success rate for surgery candidates, with approximately 90% of patients experiencing improved vision post-surgery.
Important Information About Cataract Exams
The CNIB (formerly known as the Canadian National Institute for the Blind) states that over 2.5 million Canadian men and women have cataracts. It is a common eye condition that is easily treated. There is no need to suffer from vision loss due to cataracts. Cataract treatments are well studied and proven to be highly successful.
A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s lens. Light rays travel into our eye, through the pupil, and are focused through the lens onto the retina – a layer of light-sensitive cells at the back of our eye. For our eye to be able to focus the light properly onto our retina the lens must be clear and void of imperfections.
We value your time and want to provide the best care we can for your vision health. Every month we have an Ophthalmologist come to our clinic to consult with and look after our cataract patients.
Caring for your eye health is an effort that should continue throughout every stage of your life. Much like wearing sunscreen and reducing prolonged periods of sun exposure to prevent skin cancer, there are several lifestyle changes you can make to protect your vision.
We recommend wearing sunglasses and even a hat with a visor to block UV rays. As well, if you smoke it is important to note that this nearly doubles your risk of developing cataracts and quadruples your risk of macular degeneration.
Researchers believe good nutrition throughout your lifetime may help reduce the risk of age-related eye diseases, such as cataracts. The outcomes of their studies recommend eating green vegetables, fruit, and other foods rich in antioxidants.
In addition to testing for cataracts in regular eye exams, our Optometrist will check for signs of Age-Related Macular Degeneration, Glaucoma, and other eye conditions.
By being proactive with your overall eye health, you are more likely to maintain good vision for years to come.