Cataracts are the leading cause of treatable vision loss in Canada.
As we age, the eye’s lens begins to change. Cataracts form in most people by the time they reach age 60. In fact, more than 2.5 million Canadians have cataracts.
There is currently no definitive reason the medical community can determine why the lens changes as we age, only that it does.
Known risk factors include:
There are several types of cataracts, including:
While many people assume that poor vision is an inevitable part of ageing, vision loss due to cataracts can be restored to very good acuity (between 20/20 and 20/40) with a routine and safe surgical procedure.
Cataract surgery is the most popular surgery performed in North America and is long-term successful in over 90% of cases.
The first step is a comprehensive eye exam to determine the type and development of your cataracts. Assuming your surgical viability, we will then refer you to an Ophthalmologist.
The Ophthalmologist will remove your clouded lenses and replace them with a clear intraocular lens (IOL) made of plastic. The IOL mimics the function of the original lens and is very successful in restoring vision quality.
The surgery is relatively painless, with mild postoperative discomfort for a couple of weeks.