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Cataracts

Cataracts are one of the leading causes of vision loss in people over 45. A condition that commonly develops as the eye ages, by the time we reach 80, more than half of us will have developed a cataract.

A cataract is a clouding of the lens in your eye which is normally transparent. The lens, located inside the eye, behind the iris and the pupil, focuses light onto the retina at the back of your eye, where it is converted to nerve signals that are passed to the brain, allowing you to see. When your lens becomes cloudy, the images projected onto your retina become blurry and unfocused and therefore the signal to the brain is also unclear. You can compare this to looking through a dirty or cloudy window. If the window is not clear, you can’t see well.

Usually cataracts develop slowly over time so your vision gradually worsens. While the majority of cataracts are a result of the aging process, there are also congenital cataracts that are present at birth, secondary cataracts that result from eye surgery or diseases such as glaucoma or diabetes and traumatic cataracts that result at any age from an injury to the eye.

While you may be able to live with mild or moderate cataracts, severe cataracts are treated with surgery. The procedure involves removing the clouded lens and replacing it with an intraocular lens (IOL) implant. Cataract surgery is a common procedure that has a very high success rate of restoring vision to patients. Modern cataract surgery is frequently done as an outpatient procedure. Patients will have greatly improved vision the next day, and will continue to improve over the next few weeks. Surgery is often done in one eye first, and surgery on the second eye, if needed, may be done 2 weeks later.

Learn more about the specifics of Cataracts on the links below:

  • Signs & Symptoms of Cataracts Understand the warning signs and symptoms of cataracts to prevent them from affecting your daily life.
  • Risk Factors of Cataracts Learn more about the risk factors associated with cataracts and what measures you can take to prevent or delay them.
  • Treatment for Cataracts and Cataract Surgery Treatment options for living with cataracts. Learn more about cataract surgery and how to know if it is right for you.
  • Intraocular Lenses (IOLs) If you are getting cataract surgery, there are a variety of IOLs to choose from including presbyopia-correcting IOLs, which can also correct for near vision loss associated with aging.
  • Preventing Cataracts Additional information including lifestyle factors that could impact cataracts.

Temporarily Closed due to COVID-19

Our office is closed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We feel it is our responsibility to help in every possible way to slow the spread of the virus; therefore we are limiting direct contact.
What does this mean for our patients?
• Our physical office will be closed until further notice. All eye exams have been cancelled or rescheduled.
• For ocular emergencies, call 250-808-4698 and leave a message. Dr. Reimer will return your call and arrange care. DO NOT go to a walk-in clinic or the ER at the hospital
• Our phones (250-766-4240) will be answered Tues and Thurs from 9-12, and the answering machine will be available for messages outside of those hours.
• We will be accepting contact lens refill requests by email (reception@lakecountryoptometry.ca) or by message through our website: www.lakecountryoptometry.ca –> Contact Us (on bottom of page) -> Contact Form (below green box) – fill out your message there.
• We will arrange to mail your eyewear and contact lenses on a case by case basis – we will contact you when they are ready. There will be a $20 mailing fee.
Our top priority is your health and well being. Thank you for your support.

Dr. Karla Reimer and the team at Lake Country Optometry

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Our office is closed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We feel it is our responsibility to help in every possible way to slow the spread of the virus; therefore we are limiting direct contact.

What does this mean for our patients?

· Our physical office will be closed until further notice. All eye exams have been cancelled or rescheduled.

· For ocular emergencies, call 250-808-4698 and leave a message. Dr. Reimer will return your call and arrange care. DO NOT go to a walk-in clinic or the ER at the hospital

· Our phones (250-766-4240) will be answered Tues and Thurs from 9-12, and the answering machine will be available for messages outside of those hours.

· We will be accepting contact lens refill requests by email (reception@lakecountryoptometry.ca) or by message through our website: www.lakecountryoptometry.ca –> Contact Us (on bottom of page) -> Contact Form (below green box) – fill out your message there.

· We will arrange to mail your eyewear and contact lenses on a case by case basis – we will contact you when they are ready. There will be a $20 mailing fee.

Our top priority is your health and well being. Thank you for your support.

Dr. Karla Reimer and the team at Lake Country Optometry