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Canadians need to get serious about cataracts

Cataracts are the leading cause of preventable blindness. Seventy-five percent of Canadians have cataracts, however, according to a recent survey from Alcon Canada two-thirds of Canadians know next to nothing about them. Loss of vision has been increasing since 2020, and it is now more important than ever to be aware of cataracts. What are cataracts?  Cataracts happen when protein builds up over the lens in your eye obscuring your vision. Over time, more protein builds up and vision becomes increasingly poor. The eye’s natural lens deteriorates over time. Surgery to restore vision involves replacing the eye’s natural lens with an artificial one known as an intraocular lens (IOL). There are several options to choose from when getting an IOL including monofocal lenses, extended vision lenses, trifocal lenses, and toric lenses. Cataracts are removed by a safe surgery that restores vision back to normal and typically only takes half an

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Keeping an eye on your eyes

Our eyes are a lens on the world we live in. They are how we see our families and friends and the joy of the changing seasons. Keeping our eyes healthy is important. In 2018, the Canadian Ophthalmological Society (COS), revealed a majority of Canadians (59 %) experience symptoms of potential eye disease, yet only half of these people (54%) reported they had seen a health care professional. This is particularly concerning as early detection is key in preventing eye disease from progressing or resulting in vision loss or blindness. This is especially so as we age. Says Dr. Phil Hooper, MD, FRCSC. “Regular, dilated comprehensive eye exams are important as some serious eye diseases produce no symptoms at all until they are very advanced.” According to COS, the majority of Canadians said they’d rather loose their hearing or even a limb, than lose their eyesight. “A common misconception is

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