While cataract removal is one of the safest, most effective, and common surgical procedures, clinical expertise is the key to achieving successful outcomes. The success of the Cataract Program at Southlake relies on very experienced Royal College-certified ophthalmic surgeons, and a highly-trained team of anaesthesiologists, nurses, and supports staff. These professionals are dedicated to fulfilling Southlake’s vision of delivering shockingly excellent service by utilizing the most advanced technology to achieve the best possible outcomes, and providing the highest level of personalized care for our patients.
What is a Cataract?
A cataract is a clouding of the lens inside the eye which, over time, progresses to the stage where vision becomes blurred. Cataracts are not uncommon and most cataracts are related to aging. According to research by the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, about 50% of people between 55 and 64 years of age, and 85% of people over 75 years of age, will develop cataracts in the next 10 years.
Common symptoms of a cataract are:
- Clouded or blurry vision
- Faded appearance of colours
- Glare: headlights, lamps, or sunlight may appear too bright
(a halo may appear around lights)
- Poor night vision
- Double vision or multiple images in one eye
- Frequent prescription changes in your eyeglasses or contact lenses.
If you have any of these symptoms, please consult your optometrist or family physician.
Cataract surgery is generally recommended when a cataract reduces vision to the point that a person can no longer read or drive.
At the Eye Institute at Southlake, the latest diagnostic equipment and techniques are used to replace the clouded lens with a new corrective lens.
Patients are provided with a range of advanced Intraocular lenses to choose from—some of which reduce the patient’s need to wear glasses following surgery. The procedure is performed with minimum discomfort and patients return home the same day.
Modern waiting areas (pre- and post-procedure) have room to accommodate a family member or friend and provide the perfect place to rest and recover.
American Academy of Ophthalmology
Canadian Ophthalmological Society
Canadian Orthoptics Society
CHATS: Home at Last Program
Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology
London Heath Sciences Centre
National Eye Institute
North American Neuro-ophthalmology Society
University of Western Ontario