LEARN MORE ABOUT CATARACTS

CAUSES

LIFESTYLE FACTORS – Cataracts are quite common and appear to develop in most people at some point in their life. While the medical community does not yet understand why cataracts form, we are able to detect and manage them appropriately.

Certain lifestyle factors and choices have been shown to increase the risk of cataracts. These include:

  • Diabetes

  • UV light

  • Smoking

  • Obesity

  • High blood pressure

  • Injury or surgery in the eye


symptoms

Symptoms come on gradually.

  • Blurry or hazy vision

  • Difficulty seeing at night

  • Halos, sunbursts, and other visual artifacts from light sources

  • Sensitivity to light (especially glare)

  • Fading/yellowing of colours


Diagnosis, Management & Removal Surgery

A cataract is diagnosed via a comprehensive eye exam. Diagnosis is a pain-free process (learn more about eye exams).

Once diagnosed, we are able to adjust your corrective lens prescription as needed to correct the visual distortion. However, the cataract will eventually reach a point where the only appropriate treatment is removal via surgery.

Cataract removal surgery is an outpatient procedure and involves removing the cloudy lens and replacing it with a new intraocular lens (IOL). If you are a candidate for surgery, we will refer you to a local ophthalmologist for surgery.