A cataract is a gradual clouding of the lens of your eye. For a more detailed description of what a cataract is, our website has a page dedicated to explaining cataracts.
Yes, in fact, cataract surgery is the most common types of surgery performed in Canada. It is also one of the safest.
No. Cataract surgery is a painless procedure.
The procedure takes approximately 20 minutes per eye.
Usually, yes. Cataracts typically develop in both eyes.
We recommend doing only one eye at a time for reasons of safety, in case a complication were to arise in the first eye. But yes, both eyes can be operated on on the same day. This is called Bilateral Simultaneous Surgery. Your doctor will advise you which option is best for you.
Recovery time following cataract surgery is 1 to 2 days.
Yes. We recommend that you are accompanied by an adult and or legal guardian to provide a ride home after undergoing cataract surgery. If necessary, one of our staff would be happy to assist you with calling and booking a taxi.
Yes. After undergoing cataract surgery, you will be provided with medicated drops to use for the first 6 weeks after surgery. Please use these as directed by your doctor.
You will notice a distinct improvement of your vision immediately after surgery.
We recommend that you rest for 1 to 2 days. Light exercise (such as golf) is ok after 1 day. Strenuous exercise (marathons, heavy weight lifting) should be avoided for at least 2 weeks.
Waiting time between being diagnosed and the scheduled date for your surgery depends on the severity of your cataracts. In severe cases, the wait time is 1 to 3 months, in moderate cases, 2 to 12 months, in mild cases 12 months or more. Your doctor will determine how urgently you need to undergo cataract removal.
No. However, there is a chance that you may develop a secondary cataract. This can be removed through YAG laser treatment.