A cataract is a painless, cloudy area in the lens of the eye. Over time, it can block the passage of light to the nerve layer (retina) at the back of the eye, leading to obscured vision in the affected eye.
Cataracts can form at any age, but are more common as we get older. They can also occur after an eye injury, as a result of eye disease, as a side effect of certain medications, or as a result of medical conditions such as diabetes. Advances in technology mean cataracts can now permanently be removed through a simple, extremely safe surgery.
Your doctor will review your medical history and perform a series of tests to evaluate your visual acuity and ocular health. Combined, this will not only confirm the diagnosis, but also quantify the degree and impact of the cataract.
By assessing your eye health, we can determine if there are any other issues. If you suffer from a chronic eye disease like
age-related macular degeneration or glaucoma, have had previous eye surgery, have certain medical conditions, or take certain medications, surgery may pose extra complications.
If all else is well and the cataract is obscuring your vision to the extent that your work or day-to-day life is affected, we will recommend removal and arrange referral to a cataract surgeon on your behalf.
The success rate for cataract is over 95%, thanks to its extensive practice and its highly refined procedure. We will refer you to a surgeon who is very qualified and experienced, so you’re in safe hands, and will work with your surgeon to provide you with top quality before and after surgery care.
Removing the cataract allows you to see in full, without a muted, opaque layer in your eye. However, you may still require vision correction for some distances in one or both eyes following the procedure. We stock over a thousand different frames in our practice, so you won’t be short of choice.
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We can also calculate your prescription and cut brand new lenses in our on-site optical lab, so you’ll have clear, sharp vision in the end.
The entire lens is removed, and the cataract along with it. Your doctor will apply a local anesthetic prior to starting. Controlled, high-frequency ultrasound is applied to the lens, causing it to slowly break apart. Once the entire lens is separated, all the pieces are removed via suction.
Lastly, a replacement intraocular lens will be fitted. No new cataract can grow on the artificial lens, so this is a permanent cure.
You’ll wear an eye cover for at least a few hours following surgery, but otherwise your vision should return to normal within a few days. Full colour and sharp vision restored!
Once your cataract has begun to impair your ability to do daily activities (even for things as mundane as watching TV), cataract surgery becomes an option. We will be able to tell you definitively regarding your candidacy.
You can find us on the corner of St Paul St and 3rd Ave. We are 3 blocks down 3rd Ave from Royal Inland Hospital, towards downtown. Our office is across the street from the Telus Store and Stuart Wood school yard (where the summer Farmer’s Market is on Saturdays).