Toronto Centre Optometry
#103, 180 Dundas St W Toronto ON M5G 1Z8 (416) 597-3937
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Toronto, ON / (416) 597-3937

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Cataract Exam & Management

Understanding Cataracts

For the most part, cataracts are a normal part of ageing. In fact, it is not uncommon for patients to have at least a little bit of cataract development at age 40. Most of us will develop cataracts eventually. But once you have developed them, what happens next? Is there anything you can do, or are cataracts something you must simply learn to live with.

Toronto Centre Optometry is happy to answer your cataract questions as well as any other eye health questions you may have. Request an appointment today.

What is a Cataract?

The crystalline lens inside your eye is made of a combination of water and proteins. When you are young, the proteins are uniformly distanced, allowing enough space to travel through and hit your retina. As you grow older, the proteins restructure, clumping together. The more the proteins restructure, the more opaque the lens becomes, making it more and more difficult to see clearly.

Can Cataracts Be Prevented?

To some extent, cataracts are an inevitability. However, there are a few things you can do to delay or reduce the risk of developing cataracts. The sun’s damaging UVA and UVB rays can contribute to cataract development. Make sure you always wear sunglasses with 100% UV protection when you are out in the sun. Regular or excessive use of cigarettes and alcohol can increase the risk of cataracts, so cutting down on your consumption can be beneficial for your eye health.

Cataract Symptoms

Cataracts are not typically painful, but they do create a few noticeable symptoms. As the cataract develops, patients often notice increasing blurriness at all distances. Colours typically grow duller and duller, and lights start to create significant glare or halos. Because of this, patients with cataracts usually have trouble driving at night.

Living With Cataracts

There are a few things that can help you in your day to day life when you are suffering from cataracts. Many patients find increasing their eyeglass prescription helpful. You can also rely on things like large print books and magnifying glasses to assist you. However, once your cataracts reach a certain point, a stronger prescription will no longer help you, and you will need to have surgery.

Restoring Your Eyesight With Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgery is a relatively simple procedure which sometimes takes less than 10 minutes per eye. This procedure has proven to be very successful, with most patients reporting a significant improvement in their vision afterwards.

The ophthalmologist will use a handheld ultrasonic device to disintegrate your eye’s natural lens. Once the pieces have been retrieved, the doctor will replace the natural lens with an intraocular lens or IOL by sliding it in through an incision in the side of the cornea. The surgery is done one eye at a time with roughly a week in between to allow your eyes to settle and heal.

Visit Our Downtown Toronto Office

We are located on Dundas Street West, in the Java Joe's Building.

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#103, 180 Dundas St W
Toronto, ON M5G 1Z8

Contact Information

Phone +1 (416) 597-3937 (EYES)
Email tcoptometry@gmail.com
Fax +1 (416) 597-3967

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