Cataracts are painless, develop within the lenses of your eyes, and are usually detected during routine eye exams. As you age, lenses naturally harden and may also turn cloudy. A cloudy lens blocks light from the retina and interferes with vision; the effect is similar to looking through a dirty car windshield. Cataracts may form in one or both eyes, at the same time or at different times, they can also be present at birth or occur at any age as the result of an injury to the eye. Cataracts can also be caused by diseases such as Diabetes, long-term use of certain medications, smoking, heavy alcohol consumption, a diet low in antioxidants, or excessive exposure to the sun.
Fortunately, Cataracts can be removed and your vision can be restored. Surgery is usually recommended and removes the cloudy lens to replace it with an artificial one.
- blurred vision that cannot be corrected with a change in your glasses prescription,
- ghost images or double vision in one or both eyes,
- glare from sunlight and artificial light, including oncoming headlights when driving at night,
- colours appear faded and less vibrant.
If glasses or contact lenses are effective in correcting your vision, we will refer you to an Ophthalmologist for evaluation of the Cataract. If surgery is required, the surgeon will remove your clouded lens and replace it with a clear plastic intraocular lens (IOL).
As Optometrists, we can monitor patients and recommend preventative measures, follow-up with patients with Cataracts, and co-manage care with Ophthalmologists when required. Alberta Health Care covers these visits.
Cataracts cause a reduction in vision and if left untreated can lead to a loss of vision.Coming in for regular eye exams is the single most important thing you can do to prevent it.
Frequently Asked Questions
Visit Eyedeology in Downtown Calgary to get a detailed consultation. Our Optometrists will determine if a cataract is causing reduced vision in your eye. If this is the case, we will be happy to refer you to an Ophthalmologist for a consultation. Our Calgary Optometrists will co-manage your care post-surgery.
The recovery time post-cataract surgery can take up to 4-6 weeks depending on the nature and size of the cataract. Visit our Cataract Management Page to know more and book an appointment with us for consultation
Calgary Cataract surgery is covered by Alberta Health Care. There are additional costs for enhanced lens implants such as a multifocal lens or an astigmatism toric lens. These will be reviewed with you at your surgical consultation.
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If your cataract is causing reduced vision that is affecting your quality of life, it is time to consider Cataract surgery in Calgary. If left untreated, cataracts can lead to blindness. Our Optometrists will help evaluate the stage of your cataract and vision to help determine if your cataract is ready for removal.
During cataract surgery, your surgeon will replace the natural lens in your eye with an artificial lens that is durable to last a lifetime. The day surgery takes 30-45 minutes under local anesthetic and you should be able to go home the same day. Follow-up visits will be required and we will be happy to help with co-managing your care with your surgeon.
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If your cataract is in its early stage, our Calgary Optometrists will recommend monitoring your vision and cataract and will have you continue wearing your glasses, contact lenses and sunglasses. If your cataract is causing reduced vision, we will recommend having a cataract surgery consultation with a local Ophthalmologist. We will co-manage your post-surgical care with your Ophthalmologist.