Cataracts are a leading cause of vision loss in Canada, with more than 2.5 million Canadians living with cataracts. It is a very common diagnosis in seniors, as cataracts is a natural occurrence of aging. The crystalline lens just behind the front of the eye, hardens with age and becomes cloudy. As it turns cloudy it blocks light from reaching the retina and therefore affects the vision. Eye care professionals often refer to this as looking through a dirty car windshield.
The good news is that cataract surgery is one of the most common, safe and successful procedures performed today and more than 95% of patients have improved vision following surgery, according to the CNIB.
Your Visionary Eye Centre optometrist will continue to monitor progression of Cataracts during regular eye exams and when deemed necessary, will refer the patient to an ophthalmologist who specializes in cataract removal.
There are several factors in the development of cataracts and many ongoing studies surrounding the prevention of the disease, but there are ways you can reduce the risk of cataracts. Ask your Visionary Eye Centre optometrist for recommendations on food sources and good nutrition, eye vitamins and protecting your eyes from UV rays when outdoors.
As symptoms start to appear, you and your eye doctor will determine the stage you are at and how it is affecting your vision. New eyeglasses or magnification aids may be prescribed until the cataract is ready to be removed. At that point you will be referred to an eye surgeon. Visionary Eye Centre offers all pre and post operative care. We want to ensure you regain your best vision after surgery.
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