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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Frequently Asked Questions

The primary symptom of myopia is difficulty seeing objects at a distance, such as road signs or chalkboards. Other symptoms may include eyestrain, headaches, squinting, and needing to sit closer to screens or books to see clearly.

Myopia, commonly known as nearsightedness, is an eye condition where distant objects appear blurry, while close objects can be seen clearly. It occurs when the eyeball is too long or the cornea’s curvature is too steep, causing light to focus in front of the retina instead of directly on it.

The corneal curve is measured using a technique called corneal topography. This non-invasive procedure creates a detailed map of the corneal surface, showing its curvature and any irregularities. During the test, you may be asked to focus on a target, and a specialized instrument captures images of the cornea’s shape. The data obtained from corneal topography aids in assessing tear film stability, identifying areas of potential dryness, and assisting in the diagnosis and management of dry eye.

Yes, the corneal curve can provide insights into the severity of dry eye. An uneven corneal surface can disrupt the tear film, leading to dryness and discomfort. Specialized tests, such as corneal topography, evaluate the curvature of the cornea and its impact on tear distribution. Changes in the corneal curve, along with other clinical assessments, help eye care professionals determine the severity of dry eye and tailor appropriate treatment strategies.

The curve on the front of the eye, known as the cornea, plays a crucial role in dry eye detection. Changes in the corneal surface can affect tear distribution and stability, leading to dry eye symptoms. Optometrists and ophthalmologists use advanced imaging techniques to analyze the corneal curvature and its changes over time. This helps detect dry eye by identifying irregularities that can contribute to tear film instability and ocular discomfort.

The MYAH is a versatile tool that does many things. It measures the length of your eye, checks the shape of your cornea, looks at how your pupil responds to light, and analyzes how light behaves on the front surface of your eye. It can image the meibomian gland structure and tear film height. It’s also helpful for finding the right kind of contact lenses. The MYAH helps keep track of how your eye changes over time, measures your eye’s focusing power, and shows any differences in the shape of your cornea between visits. It can also show how light might be causing some blurriness. So, it’s like a really useful tool for understanding your eye health and helping you get the best lenses if you need them.