Cataracts are a condition where the eye’s natural lens becomes cloudy, resulting in blurred vision and other sight-related issues. Most cases of cataracts are related to oxidation of the natural crystalline lens located inside the eye due to aging, as well as UV exposure over time. There are some cataracts that are congenital (you are born with them) or acquired through damage or injury to the eye. There are also rare types of cataracts that are acquired from some specific health conditions or medications or come about earlier on in life than the typical age-related types.  Cataracts can occur in one or both eyes at different rates. Most people over the age of 45 have them starting, but they typically don’t become visually significant until into the 60’s, 70’s, or 80’s. They most commonly are very slow to change over the years, but in the later stages can change rapidly within a few months or even weeks. Some health conditions, such as uncontrolled diabetes with large changes in blood sugar, can accelerate the rate of change in a cataract. 


Symptoms may include:

  • Blurred vision – can be rapid or slow onset
  • Halos around lights
  • Difficulty seeing at night
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Ghosting or double images – specifically out of one eye at a time


With early diagnosis and treatment, cataracts can be managed effectively. The proper treatment is the removal of the natural lens in the eye and replacement with a plastic lens that can be set to your prescription. Most people experience a large reduction in their prescription with cataract surgery. There are specific lens upgrades in the replacement lens to correct for astigmatism or even reduce the reliance on reading glasses after surgery. Sometimes natural lens replacement before you have cataracts can be recommended as a form of vision correction surgery as well! This is typically reserved for people with a large prescription that is outside the typical range of typical vision correction surgery like LASIK or PRK, as it is quite expensive. If you think you may have cataracts or are interested in more information about Refractive Lens Exchange, it is important to see your eye doctor for an evaluation. Contact us at Louie Eyecare Centre to book your next eye exam and get checked for cataracts.

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West Edmonton Vision Clinic

Visit our vision clinic in central West Edmonton for comprehensive eye exams, contact lens fittings, glasses, and more. Louie Eyecare Centre is dedicated to providing the highest quality optometric services and products to our patients. Our team of experienced optometrists is here to help you with all of your eye care needs. Schedule an appointment today!

Clinic Hours

Monday Closed
Tuesday 9:00-5:00
Wednesday 9:00-5:00
Thursday 9:00-5:00
Friday 9:00-5:00
Saturday 9:00-2:00
Closed Sunday / Holidays


Krista Z
Krista Z
I called over 20 optometrist offices looking for Dr Larson after he left his old place and I lost the name of the new one. We all had a laugh about it. He is worth every bit of that effort and is FAR, FAR superior to almost every single optometrist I've ever seen and I've had [extraordinarily complex] glasses since I was 6 months old. His passion, kindness and impressive knowledge are just the start of why I'm a loyal client. That's not to mention his front staff whom are all warm, helpful, super friendly and very skilled at fitting glasses. I can't say enough good things. You can't go wrong coming to this place.
Mac Stil
Mac Stil
My second time being there..staff was very cordial and helpful in selecting my glasses.The turn around was very quick as was the fitting .I recommend Louis Eye Care for all your eye care needs.
They're quick and helpful and very friendly! I've seen both Dr. Larson and Dr. Louie and they're both awesome.
Melanie Romanchuk
Melanie Romanchuk
Dr. Larson is very thorough and took time to explain the exam to my kids. Highly recommended!
Carmen Schnirer
Carmen Schnirer
Dr. Louie is Fantastic!! Would not take my family anywhere else! Excellent care and service.
Wendy Theberge
Wendy Theberge
I cannot say enough great things about Dr. Louie's top notch service and expertise. My eyes are - let's say - challenging and he always nails my prescription perfectly. His attention to detail and kindness are better than anything I have experienced in all my years visiting eyecare centres. Dr. Louie's staff are so kind and caring and friendly. AND if you are looking for an AMAZHING pair of frames - stop the car right now. As a phenomenal photographer - just put your "face" in his hands and he will select the best frames for you. Be forewarned though - you will have to fight off endless compliments on your glasses!! Thank YOU so much!! My whole family loves visiting you for their eyecare needs.
Jewel Bear
Jewel Bear
My eye exam was the most pleasant and informative I have ever had. Dr. Larson is an excellent doctor who will share his knowledge if you just ask!

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, colourblind glasses can help to change certain shades of colour to allow for the detection of someone with a deficiency. But they don’t cure or remove the deficiency or allow someone to see the way someone without the color deficiency would see. It can be very drastic or mild the change of these types of glasses can work depending on the type and severity of deficiency so it is difficult to make a blanket statement like they work or do not work. They work by filtering out certain colours that a colorblind person has difficulty seeing. This helps them to see the difference between different shades but does not improve detection like someone without deficiency.

Yes, colour blind people can drive. colour blindness is a condition that affects a person’s ability to see colours accurately. It does not affect a person’s ability to see in the dark or to drive.

Yes, girls can be colour blind. Colour blindness is a condition that affects a person’s ability to see colours accurately. It can affect both boys and girls but is much more common in boys than in girls. The genes for color detection are located on the X sex-linked chromosome. A male has an X from the mother and a Y from the father. A female has an X from the father and an X from the mother. The gene for color deficiency is recessive, meaning that if there is one good chromosome and one deficient, the good one will override and provide normal function. Boys have only one X chromosome from the mother, as the Y chromosome would come from the father. So color blindness in males always comes from the mothers side of the family. Girls have an X chromosome from both the father and mother, so they have a chance to have a normal one from each side, so it is much more rare to have a girl with color deficiency. If there is a girl with color deficiency (both X chromosomes are deficient), 100% of her male children would be color deficient.

Yes, colour blindness can be considered a disability because it affects a person’s ability to see colours. This can make it difficult for people with colour blindness to do certain tasks or activities that require accurate colour perception.

There is no cure for colour blindness. However, there are a number of treatments and therapies that can help people manage the condition. For example, some people may need to use special lenses or filters to help them see colours more clearly. Other treatments include colour recognition training, which can help people learn to recognize colours based on their brightness or hue.

Yes, many people experiencing colour blindness can see some colours, but not all. This is because there are different types of colour blindness, and each type affects a person’s ability to see different colours. For example, red-green colour blindness affects the ability to see red and green colours, while blue-yellow colour blindness affects the ability to see blue and yellow colours. Some people with complete colour blindness, however, cannot see any colours at all.