2.5 million Canadians are affected by cataracts, with the vast majority of those affected being seniors. Although cataracts can affect anyone, it is nearly twice as likely to happen in seniors.
By age 60, nearly everyone has some degree of cataract development occurring. The lens of the eye hardens as it loses is flexibility, which can lead to clouding. This clouding prevents light from reaching the retina, and has been described as “looking through a foggy window.”
Cataracts are considered the leading cause of vision loss in Canada, accounting for more than 2.5 million Canadians suffering from vision impairment. This condition is particularly common in seniors, often an unavoidable byproduct of ocular aging.
There are safe procedures to mitigate the effects of a cataract, allowing the majority of patients to restore their vision to complete pre-cataract clarity.
Cataracts are very unpredictable, and may develop slowly over years or very quickly over the course of months. Early signs of cataracts include:
If you experience any or all of these symptoms, schedule an eye exam immediately so that we can diagnose the cataract and provide you with treatment options.
Cataracts can develop in anyone, of any lifestyle. However, there are some risk factors that have been clinically associated with a higher possibility of developing cataracts:
Surgery is the only way to treat cataracts. The procedure is known as Cataract Removal Surgery and is one of the safest and most effective ways to rid your vision of cataracts.
Cataract Removal Surgery is the most common surgery performed of all type of eye surgeries. Although any surgery carries some risk, CRS is very low risk and is usually done with local anaesthetic with a specialist, and is day surgery.
The procedure rarely lasts longer than 30 minutes, and you may be back on your feet and returning to normal activities within 2-3 hours.
After your surgery, you will have a one day follow up with the specialist, thereafter, our Vision Care Centre optometrists will monitor your condition with regular follow ups and exams. The standard schedule is a two week, and a one month follow up to determine the effectiveness of the surgery and to counter complications, if any.
At the one month follow up, your eye health should be stable enough to measure your new prescription, and at that point we will recommend replacing your current glasses or contacts with new ones. Almost everyone will still need some form of vision correction following Cataract Removal Surgery.
Before beginning my therapy at Vision Care Centre, I frequently struggled with my vision. As a university student, reading and taking notes in lectures were a significant struggle and using my glasses caused great distress. Headaches and motion sickness were very common with and without the use of my glasses. On a routine check-up with Dr. Ramesh, I communicated my concerns and was quickly enrolled in the neuro-visual training program. My wonderful neuro-visual trainer, Kelley would provide me with comprehensive tasks that would both challenge and help me develop understanding and control of my vision. I no longer use my glasses, suffer from headaches or motion sickness and have great confidence in my vision.
We want to thank you very much for all your hard work that went into Alicia's Neuro-Visual Therapy. It has opened Alicia's ability to do so much more both personally and in school, and what means most to us as her parent, we see how confident Alicia is in herself and in her school work. She was always falling down a lot and she always had her head tilted to one side. Now she is focused to get her tasks done on time and the best part, correctly...
I would like to thank you and Cristina for working with my son over the past year. They have not only trained his eyes but they provided him with a sense of confidence in his abilities. When we first came for our check up it was only mentioned on the side that his reading was regressing...We knew it had to do with some of his Chronic Lyme Treatment and we did not want things to get worse... We will be forever grateful that our son will not be another statistic of "lost kids" in the school system being medicated to manage behavioral issues which would have undoubtedly arisen the worse his eyes got.
Before eye therapy school was hard and not fun. School is now easy and I look forward to go to school every day. Eye therapy has helped me be more focused. Eye therapy has taught me how to read, write and learn in a different and better way. Thank you for all your help.
I thought overall it was a very fun and difficult experience, the people I worked with are very nice and patient people and around me that’s tough so I would like to thank you a lot it helped so much and you will hear about my achievements. Thank you.
The staff at Vision Care Centre has been amazing while Nicholas has been undergoing his vision therapy. They have been incredibly patient while Nicholas was having some difficult weeks. Over the course of therapy, his focus in school has improved, his headaches have lessened and he has started scoring goals in Hockey again. We feel good and are happy with the whole experience.
The 36 week eye therapy program that Hannah has completed has been a very positive experience. The main benefits have been to teach her how to focus her eyes on a specific task and to have her eyes work effectively with the rest of her body. This has improved her reading, effectiveness and focus at school and her hand eye coordination...
Dear Dr. Ramesh, I am writing to thank you for your persistence and dedication to my daughter. I am so thankful for encountering such an amazing doctor who truly cares about her patients. Back in 2015 when I brought my daughter in for the first time, I was hysterical and scared...
When I started the program, I had trouble focusing and sitting and doing my work. Since I started the 36 week program, this has changed. I focused on getting better grades than I did in grade 2 (now in grade 3). I have got A’s in all subjects this year. Now I can sit and do my work, I am able to focus and I am not always looking around the room at other things. I used to need a ruler to read, now I don’t and I can read better and faster than I used to. I am doing great and have learned a lot through this experience.
Before I started Vision Therapy I would get very bad headaches while taking notes in class or studying. Because of the headaches, I wouldn't be able to study very efficiently for as long as I needed...
Before eye therapy I could not write and did not see words properly. Sometimes the words floated around my paper. After eye therapy reading is easier. I can read in a group and follow along. It is also easier to read the board at school. Eye therapy has really helped me and now I know my b's and d's !! Thankyou
Dr Ramesh, I cannot thank you you enough for giving both my girls the opportunity to do eye therapy. It has been wonderful to see them go from struggling to self confident. I thank you so much for what you have done for the girls. Sincerely
Prior to starting therapy Madison had difficulties with spatial awareness, balance, reading (re-reading), low peer interactions at school and difficulty concentrating at home and at school when doing tasks. Madison had many difficulties...