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Eye Doctor in Niagara Falls ON

Cataracts in Niagara Falls ON

Eye doctor in Niagara Falls ON

Eye doctor in Niagara Falls ON

As you age various parts of your body begin to change and often not for the better as years of use takes it toll. The same is true for your eyes, which can become susceptible to several problems usually associated with aging. One such problem is cataracts, a condition where the normally clear lens of the eye begins to get cloudy, blurring vision and eventually blocking out the light. The lens allows light into the eye and focuses it on the retina at the back of the eye. Made of protein and water the clear lens can begin to cloud up as a result of aging. Our eye doctor in Niagara Falls ON at EyeWear Studio will diagnose, monitor and treat cataracts to restore lost vision.

A cataract is diagnosed through a simple eye examination in our state-of-the-art offices. As a progressive disease that advances slowly most of the time it may take months or years until the cataract gets to the point where our eye doctor in Niagara Falls ON will recommend removing it. Basically, it is up to the patient to tell our doctor when the cataract is affecting their lifestyle enough to warrant its removal. Cataract removal has become a very common surgery that is performed as an outpatient procedure. Our doctor works with an eye surgeon who removes the lens by a process called phacoemulsification, during which a small slit is made in the cornea and ultrasound is used to break up the clouded lens into little pieces and that are then suctioned out. Once the old lens has been removed the doctor replaces it with an artificial lens.

The whole procedure takes just a few minutes and is relatively painless. After surgery the patient keeps the eye covered and rests until they visit the doctor for a follow-up in a day or two. After the procedure the new lens affords the patient clear vision that usually allows them to get rid of their corrective lenses. If you think that you are developing a cataract please call our eye doctor in Niagara Falls ON for an appointment.

3714 Portage Road
Niagara Falls, ON L2J 2K9
(905) 354-0999

Eye Doctor in Niagara Falls ON

Cataracts in Niagara Falls ON

Eye Doctor in Niagara Falls ON

Eye Doctor in Niagara Falls ON

Your eye health is a top priority for us at Eyewear Studio. And that’s why we recommend that all adults be screened for cataracts once per year. If this seems unnecessary to you, consider that cataracts affects people of all ages, ethnic backgrounds, medical histories, and heredity. Furthermore, it produces no symptoms for you to notice until it has progressed to a more advanced stage. An annual visit to our eye doctor in Niagara Falls ON typically results in early detection and treatment, and therefore better results.

Being over 65, diabetic, exposure to radiation, and taking certain drugs (such as corticosteroids) are all associated with a greater risk for cataracts. Lifestyle choices, like smoking and heavy alcohol use, also make you more likely to develop this eye disease. If you do start experiencing any of the following signs, you should consider it reason to be examined by our eye doctor in Niagara Falls ON as soon as possible: blurred or foggy vision, the feeling of a film over your eyes, problems driving at night and/or dealing with oncoming headlights, double vision, changes in color perception, and a sudden change in your eyeglass or contact lens prescription. Although it doesn’t make sense, older people may find that they don’t need their reading glasses anymore. That can seem like a good thing, but it may actually be an indication of cataracts. Fortunately, a prescription for glasses or contacts from our eye doctor in Niagara Falls ON is typically all that is necessary for treating cataracts, at least initially. Updates to the prescription might be required periodically. And if the disease reaches the point where corrective lenses are no longer effective, the last option is cataract surgery.

Book an eye exam at our office to find out if cataracts are affecting you. There is no reason your vision should suffer as a result of this treatable eye disease.

3714 Portage Road
Niagara Falls, ON L2J 2K9
(905) 354-0999