Cataracts

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Cataract Diagnosis & Intervention

Cataracts are a common eye disease often associated with the natural aging process, although they can affect patients of any age. Cataracts can range from mild to severe depending on their cause and how long they’ve been developing. Our optometrists can catch cataracts in their earliest stages during a comprehensive eye exam.

Cataracts can usually be managed with eyeglasses or contact lenses. But, when cataracts begin affecting your vision, we may refer you for cataract-removal surgery. We’re equipped to advise on the best treatment, management, and further intervention before and after the procedure.

Book your annual eye exams with us and trust in our experience and knowledge about cataracts.

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Understanding Cataracts

The cornea and lens work together to focus light on the retina. The cornea’s curve refracts the light so it bends inwards while the lens changes shape to bring objects at varying distances into focus.

The cells in the lens are like any other cells: they die and regenerate. Cells reform when they can, but cataracts form when imperfections appear in the new cells. Not unlike scar tissue, cloudy, white, and translucent deposits form where clear, transparent cells used to be, interfering with vision.

Cataracts in Children

Although older patients are more at risk for cataracts than children, they can actually develop at any age. Children have clear, new ocular lenses compared to adults, which may mean that UV rays can reach farther and deeper into their eyes, especially when they don’t wear UV eye protection.

Many pediatric cataracts have a genetic cause, developing by birth or before adulthood if there’s a family history of them. If your child has undergone eye surgeries, radiation treatments, or been exposed to second-hand smoking, they might also endure increased risk.

Diabetes

Patients with diabetes are 5 times more likely to develop cataracts than patients without diabetes. We pay particular attention to cataract development in eye exams for our patients with diabetes because of this increased risk.

Cataract Surgery Referral

If cataract surgery is the best option for you, we provide the support and management necessary for your recovery. We work with trusted local eye surgeons to make the process as non-invasive as possible without sacrificing safety.

Cataract surgery still poses some risks, so we prioritize monitoring your healing progress to reduce your chance of complications.

Please book a comprehensive eye exam today.

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Our Location

Centre Wellington, Ontario

We’re eager to see all of our patients, but please confirm an appointment before visiting. Booking ahead is the safest measure for ensuring a qualified staff member is available to help you from start to finish.

You can find us on Beatty Line in beautiful historic Fergus, Ontario.

Our Address

6420 Beatty Line North Suite 102
Fergus, ON N1M 2W3

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Thursday
9 AM6 PM
Friday
9 AM4 PM
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