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Cataracts are one of the leading causes of blindness worldwide. Typically seen in people over 40, cataracts often develop slowly over time and can affect 1 or both eyes.

Cataracts can cause your vision to become hazy or cloudy. This can affect your ability to drive, read, and recognize faces.

In Canada, cataracts cause blindness in more than 3.5 million people. In America, approximately half of all people over 65 will have cataracts by the time they are 80.

Some of the most common types of cataracts are:

  • Subcapsular: these cataracts occur at the back of the lens and are common in people with diabetes. They are also likely to appear in people taking high and prolonged doses of steroid medications.
  • Nuclear: these cataracts form in the central zone (or nucleus) of the lens. Nuclear cataracts are the type most commonly associated with aging.
  • Cortical: these cataracts occur in the lens cortex, which surrounds the central nucleus. Cortical cataracts appear as white, wedge-like films that start around the lens and eventually cover it completely.

Although typically associated with aging, cataracts can also be caused by traumatic injury and radiation exposure. They may also be present from birth or develop after eye surgery. Several risk factors can increase your chances of developing cataracts, including:

Cataracts are essentially proteins that build up in the eye’s lens, making your vision cloudy as the cataract diffuses light as it enters the retina. As new cells form on the lens, the cataract grows. Cataracts will continue to get thicker and impair vision over time until they are treated.

If you notice any of the following symptoms, talk to your optometrist about cataract treatments:

  • Nearsightedness that becomes more severe over time
  • Changes in the way you see colour
  • Increasingly cloudy or foggy vision
  • Decreased ability to drive at night due to glare from oncoming traffic
  • Double vision
  • Dramatic changes in your corrective lens prescription

The best way to treat cataracts is to detect them early. Using new corrective lenses and changing your lighting at home can offset most mild symptoms.

If your cataracts have progressed to the point where they impair your vision during daily activities, surgery may be necessary to restore your quality of life. Cataract surgery is generally a simple and relatively comfortable process for people who qualify. If you need cataract surgery, Henderson Vision Centre will refer you to an opthalmologist.

Where Can You Find Us?

You can find us in the River East Plaza, between Safeway and Booster Juice, and across from Tim Hortons. We have plenty of parking available on-site.

Our Address

Unit 1B – 1439 Henderson Hwy
Winnipeg, MB R2G 1N3

Contact Information

Phone: (204) 809-4322
Fax: (204) 339-1272
[email protected]

Hours of Operation

Monday
8:30 AM5:30 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM5:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM5:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM7 PM
Friday
9 AM4 PM
Saturday
9 AM3 PM
Sunday
Closed

*Please note we are CLOSED on Saturdays of long weekends and for the months of July and August.

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