Helping You Find Clarity in Your Vision
Cataracts happen to most people with age and are most often found in patients over 60. Cataracts affect 95 million people across the globe and are considered the leading cause of visual impairment worldwide.
The lens of the eye hardens as it loses its flexibility, which can lead to clouding. This clouding prevents light from reaching the retina, and has been described as “looking through a foggy window.”
Why Do Cataracts Occur?
Cataracts are considered the leading cause of vision loss in Canada, accounting for more than 2.5 million Canadians suffering from vision impairment. They are considered an age-related condition that develops due to the lens in the eye becoming cloudy and less flexible.
Cataracts can develop in anyone of any lifestyle. However, some risk factors have been clinically associated with a higher possibility of developing cataracts:
- Increasing age
- Prolonged exposure to Uv rays
- High blood pressure
- Previous eye injury
- Excess alcohol use
Although there is no clear evidence on what can be done to prevent cataracts, you can slow their growth with proper UV protection and a healthy diet. Foods rich in vitamins and antioxidants have also been shown to reduce the progression of cataracts.
Symptoms of Cataracts
Cataracts are very unpredictable. They may develop slowly over a few years, or very quickly over the course of a few months. Early signs of cataracts include:
- Reduced visual acuity
- “Halos” appearing around lights or bright objects
- Glare in vision, such as headlights
- Reduced night vision
- Loss of contrast sensitivity
- Blurry vision
- Colour bleed, with colours merging into one another
If you experience any or all of these symptoms, please schedule an eye exam immediately so that we can diagnose the cataract and provide you with treatment options.
Cataracts can be treated effectively through surgery. Cataract removal surgery is a safe, routine procedure performed to remove and replace the clouded lens in your eye.
Cataract surgery is generally considered to be low-risk and is performed as day surgery under local anesthetic. The procedure typically takes around 30 minutes, and your vision should improve within a few days.
After your surgery, 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 any complications.
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 surgery.
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I have seen Dr. Sebastian and he is the only one to have diagnosed my dry eye syndrome and I have seen others before him and did not catch this. As a result of my dry eyes my prescription was not reading accurately. I am grateful for his patience and extra care he has given me.
My family and I have always been impressed with the friendly yet extremely professional service we have enjoyed over the years. The doctors are knowledgeable and personable, the frame selection is excellent (as is the contingent of wonderful staff who are always available with honest opinions and helpful advice!) and the receptionists are fabulous and friendly. The newly renovated space is lovely as well. Well done, everyone!
My Vision Care experience was absolutely grand. I greatly value all the wonderful people there who looked after me during my visit. Everyone is extremely friendly and highly professional starting right from the time one enters the beautiful place.
The place itself provides a wonderful experience. I value all the professional advice that is given with the greatest care. For me it is a joy to come in on a regular basis and to know I am in good hands. I greatly value the care and guidance given by Dr. Ramesh.
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…
Craig and Nadine P.
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.
I am so thankful for encountering Dr. Ramesh who truly cares about her patients. Back in 2015 when I brought my daughter in for the first time, I was hysterical and scared. I was afraid that her eye will never stop turning in and that she would need surgery to fix the lazy eye.
Dr. Ramesh explained to me like no other doctor ( and I’ve brought my daughter to several specialists) what exactly is happening and what can be done to fix the problem. Anna is only 3 years old, we worked persistently with her to the point where now she is able to have great control of her eye. I cannot believe we went from her eye constantly turning in to barely noticing it now. Thank you so much for caring and all of your encouragement and support. You are not only an amazing doctor, but also and amazing person!