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Leading Cause of Vision Loss in Canada

More than 2.5 million Canadians live with cataracts. This disease is a leading cause of vision loss in Canada and develops commonly as we age. The crystalline lens that sits just behind the front of the eye focuses vision by changing shape, but with age this lens can become stiff and clouded. Clouding prevents light from reaching the retina and obscures vision. Eye care professionals may compare this to the strain of looking through a dirty car windshield. Cataracts are a natural part of aging, but that doesn’t mean you have to live with them. We can arrange referrals for treatment for cataracts to restore your vision to its former clarity.

Common Symptoms

Do you suspect that you may be suffering from cataracts? Symptoms include:

  • Sensitivity or pain in bright light
  • Halos and glares around lights
  • Poor central vision
  • Difficulty seeing details
  • Inability to distinguish colors
  • Double vision
  • Difficulty seeing at night or in darkened rooms

Risk Factors

While anyone can develop cataracts, there are a number of risk factors that increase your odds, including:

  • Age
  • Family history
  • Diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity and other health problems
  • Smoking
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Medications
  • Eye injury (puncture, cut, heat or chemical burns)
  • Excessive sun exposure

The Surgery

Fortunately, surgery to remove cataracts is extremely common and effective. In fact, it is one of the safest, most successful procedures performed today. According to the CNIB, more than 95% of patients report improved vision following the surgery.

At Eye Care Centre, your Optometrist will conduct regular eye exams to monitor the progression of cataracts carefully. If surgery is deemed necessary, your Optometrist will refer you to an experienced ophthalmologist for cataract removal.

Important Information to Know:

Can I prevent cataracts?

Many factors determine whether a person will develop cataracts, and ongoing studies reveal more each day about how we can treat and even prevent this disease. Scheduling an appointment with your Eye Care Centre Optometrist helps in two ways: your Optometrist can offer recommendations on good nutrition and vitamins, and can offer tips for protecting your eyes from harmful UV rays while outdoors. In addition, the exam may reveal early signs of the disease, enabling you to take a proactive approach to your treatment.

Can children have cataracts?

While cataracts are unusual in children, they are not unheard of. Between one and 15 in 10,000 children are born with cataracts, a condition that is known as congenital cataracts and is responsible for a significant amount of blindness in children worldwide. Children should undergo regular eye examinations to rule out vision problems and eye disease.

Our Location

Optometrists

Dr. Tom Lampard

Dr. Roger Rudyk

Dr. Jep Lund

Dr. Kevin Hesterman

Dr. Scott Stevenson

Dr. Daryl Berger

Dr. Pamela Syrota

Red Deer Eye Care Centre

4402 49th Avenue
Red Deer, AB, T4N 3W6
T - 1 (403) 342-0333
Toll Free - (888) 440-2020
F- (403) 343-9440
E - info@reddeereyecare.com

Hours of Operation

Monday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
SundayClosed

Rimbey Eye Care Centre

5010 50th Avenue
Rimbey, AB, T0C 2J0
T - 1 (403) 843-6000
F- (403) 843-6033
E - info@rimbeyeyecare.com

Hours of Operation

Monday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
SaturdayClosed
SundayClosed

Rocky Eye Care Centre

5040 B - 50th Street
Rocky Mountain House, AB, T4T 1A5
T - 1 (403) 845 2780
F- (403) 845-3282
E - info@rockyeyecare.com

Hours of Operation

Monday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
SaturdayClosed
SundayClosed

Proactive Optometry Can Prevent Cataracts

Once a cataract has been discovered, you will want to consult with your Optometrist regularly to track its progress and determine how it is affecting your vision. In the beginning and intermediary stages, new glasses and magnification aids can restore some of your visual functioning. However, as the disease progresses your Optometrist may recommend surgery to remove the cataract. You will be referred to an eye surgeon who will work in tandem with your Optometrist to provide pre and post operative care. Eye Care Centre is committed to helping you maintain and regain your best vision throughout your life.

For more information about cataracts and cataract removal surgery, see: www.allaboutvision.com/conditions/cataracts.htm

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