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Cataract Exam & Management

Cataracts: Seeing Through the Haze

How do they affect your vision? And what do you do if you have them?

Shelburne Primary EyeCare is committed to your eye health and your peace of mind. We will happily sit down with you, explain your treatment options, and thoroughly answer any questions you may have.

How Do Cataracts Happen?

The lens inside our eyes is comprised of transparent proteins. When we’re young, these proteins are spaced evenly enough that we can see through them. However, as we age, the proteins start to clump together and collect within the lens. This gives the lens a cloudy quality, which can make it difficult to see.

The beginning stages of cataracts blur vision and dull colour. Usually, at this stage, a change in glasses or contact lenses can help the patient to see better. However, once the cataract progresses to a certain point, further action must be taken.

Risk Factors

Cataracts are remarkably common. In fact, most people will develop them at some point. There are some factors that increase your risk of developing cataracts. These factors include:

  • Excessive exposure to sunlight
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Age
  • Family History
  • Eye injury or surgery
  • High blood pressure
  • Steroid use
  • Alcohol consumption

At Shelburne Primary EyeCare we believe with proper education and nutrition we can help you delay the early onset of cataracts.

Nutrition Can Help Prevent Cataracts

Studies show that certain nutrients can help reduce the risk or slow the progression of cataracts. Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, for example, have been linked to good eye health, and a reduced risk of cataracts. Read more about the ways nutrition can impact your eyes.

Surgery Effectively Removes Cataracts and Restores Sight

Once a change in prescription is no longer enough to help you see through your cataracts, it may be time to pursue surgery. Cataract surgery is a procedure taking about 15 to 20 minutes per eye, and usually restoring colour intensity and clarity to what it was before cataracts.

Dr Whiting and Dr Gillis-Kennedy will discuss options and answer your questions regarding your cataract referral and follow-up care

How the Procedure Works

Your ophthalmologist will use a small, ultrasonic device to break up your eye’s cloudy lens, using suction to remove all the pieces. They’ll then slide in a transparent prosthetic lens (called an IOL) in through an incision in the side of your eye. This not only removes the cataract, it prevents cataracts from forming in that eye in the future.

This procedure is done one eye at a time with at least a week in between. This allows the healing to begin and it lets the ophthalmologist ensure everything is settling correctly.

You should relax for the first few days after surgery, using the eye drops you are prescribed exactly as directed. We will follow up with you to ensure everything is going well.

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