Cataracts and How to Treat Them

Your chance to see through a brand new lens.

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Enjoying an active life with family and friends depends on healthy vision, but as you age you may notice a change in your vision. This change may include developing cataracts.

Cataracts develop over time, as your natural lens becomes cloudy, preventing significantly less light to pass through to your retina at the back of your eye. Eventually, your vision will seem blurry, less focused, and colours may appear dull or yellowish. You may also have experienced other symptoms such as light and glare sensitivity, double vision, and trouble seeing at night.

If left untreated, cataracts can cause a complete loss of vision and impact your quality of life. Ordinary tasks like grocery shopping or driving home after the movies can become quite difficult.

At first, your eye care professional may suggest adjusting your eyeglass prescription, but in the end, your best option will be to remove your cataracts and replace the clouded lens with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL). Cataract surgery is quite a common procedure and usually takes less than 30 minutes from beginning to end.¹ Since IOLs come in a variety of prescriptions to meet your specific vision needs, it’s important to ask your eye care professional which IOL is right for you.

Choosing IOLs: Monofocal vs Trifocal

Monofocal IOLTrifocal IOL
A monofocal lens will correct the cloudy vision caused by your cataracts and improve your distance vision. As the most basic option, however, you may find that you still require prescription glasses or contact lenses to provide you with near (40 cm) or intermediate (60 cm) vision.Opting to choose a trifocal IOL will provide you with the clearest, most complete vision. This IOL can also improve range of vision – allowing you to see near, far and everything in between, possibly without the need for glasses or contact lenses. Additionally, there are toric trifocal lenses available to correct astigmatism in addition to providing a greater range of vision.

The Choice Is Yours to make with your eye care professional

Developing cataracts may change the way you see the world, but that doesn’t mean it has to change the way you live your life. Treating your cataracts has never been easier, and with innovations in new technology for your IOL options, your vision could be better than it’s been in years. This simple, routine procedure can offer you a whole new perspective on life.

For more information about cataracts and treatment options, ask your eye care professional or visit SeeTheFullPicture.ca.

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[References]

1. Haddrill M. Cataract Surgery Recovery. Available: http://www.allaboutvision.com/conditions/cataract-surgery-recovery.htm. Accessed: Jan 15, 2019.

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