Cataracts are the result of our body’s natural ageing process. They can present in one or both eyes, clouding our vision and diminishing our ability to see.
Around 40 years old (and onwards) the lens in our eye gradually increases in thickness and decreases in transparency and flexibility. A by-product of this gradual breakdown in the tissues within the lens is the clouding of our lens.
As one of the most common causes for vision loss in Canadian men and women over the age of 40, anyone can develop cataracts.
Any of the following situations may increase or directly cause cataracts:
You may experience any combination of the following symptoms, depending on the type of cataracts you have. They include:
If you experience any of the above symptoms, our Optometrists recommend booking in for an eye exam as soon as possible.
Eyeglasses and Contact Lenses can often effectively and non invasive improve vision in people with cataracts in the early development stages.
Early detection is paramount for diagnosing cataracts.If your cataracts have progressed beyond the point of correction through prescription eyewear, surgery may be an option for you.
For the right candidate, cataract surgery offers a high success rate for vision correction.
If you are worried that you are developing cataracts or would like to know if you are a viable surgery candidate, please book an appointment.