More than two and a half million Canadians have some form of cataracts. While they may be an almost inevitable part of getting older that doesn’t mean there aren’t treatment options available.
Just like glass gets cloudy over time so do the lenses in our eyes. Age and sun exposure cause our lenses to get cloudy over time, causing blurry, dim vision and dulling even the brightest of colours.
Though we will all likely experience some cataract development in our lifetimes there are a few factors that can increase your chance of developing cataracts at a younger age. These include:
A few simple lifestyle changes such as wearing UV protective sunglasses, not smoking and eating a balanced and nutritious diet can help reduce the likelihood of developing cataracts at a young age. Research also suggests genetics may play a role in age-related cataract production.
Cataracts are slow to develop, so you likely won’t notice a lot of changes in your vision at first. However, as they progress you will likely begin to notice that your vision seems cloudy, as though you are peering at the world through a dirty window. For mild cases this can be combated using an updated prescription and a few simple lifestyle adjustments such as switching to larger print books.
However, there will come a point when new glasses and large, easy to read fonts will no longer be enough. At that point the best remedy is often surgery.
During your comprehensive eye exam we will also test your eyes for a number of ocular diseases including cataracts. We will use the latest technology to precisely determine whether or not you have cataracts. If you have cataracts we will discuss treatment options, such as lifestyle changes or surgery, with you and answer any questions you may have.
Cataract surgery is an extremely effective and relatively quick procedure. The surgery is done one eye at a time, with a surgery time of about ten minutes per eye. The results are typically very good with ninety five percent of patients reporting improved vision without complications.
Cataract surgery is a relatively straightforward procedure. Your ophthalmologist will use a small ultrasonic device to break up the cloudy lens and then remove the pieces though a small incision in your cornea. Once the lens pieces have been removed they will replace the lens with an artificial one that will look and function just like your eye’s natural lens did before you developed cataracts.
Since the lens is made of artificial materials you will never have to worry about your cataracts returning, which means you will only ever have to undergo cataract surgery once.
If you think you are developing cataracts, or already have cataracts, and are interested in undergoing cataract surgery please request an appointment with us today. During your appointment we will provide you with more detailed information about the procedure as well as assess your overall eye health and answer any questions you may have.
We will also make sure to take the time to ensure you have understood everything we have discussed, so you can leave the appointment armed with the knowledge you need to make an informed decision.
If you do decide to move forward with the procedure we will refer you to a trusted ophthalmologist to perform the surgery. We will also schedule a postoperative follow up appointment with you so we can make sure your eyes are healing properly.
Ophthalmologists are able to accurately measure your eyes before surgery so they can better tailor your lenses to you and further improve your vision. They can use upgraded intraocular lenses (IOLs) to better improve your post-cataract vision. These lenses can be used to increase definition and clarity, correct astigmatism and replace your multifocal glasses or contact lenses.
Many ophthalmologist clinics also now offer laser assisted surgery, which is used to make accurate and impeccable incisions that help minimize any postoperative complications.
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