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Causes of Cataracts

Cataracts are part of the natural aging process of the eye and therefore, if you live to an old age, you will likely eventually develop one. While most cases of cataracts develop as part of this process, there are instances of congenital cataracts which are present at birth. Further, secondary or traumatic cataracts can occur at any age as a result of an eye injury, surgery or disease.While the risk of developing a cataract does increase as you age, it is not the only risk factor. Research shows that there are environmental, health and behavioral risk factors that can also play a role in cataract development. Many of these risk factors are avoidable and preventable. These risk factors include:

  • Smoking and excessive alcohol consumption
  • Prolonged exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun or other sources
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Certain medications such as steroids or statin medications
  • History of eye injury or eye surgery
  • Family history

Since they are largely a part of the the natural aging process of the eye, cataracts can’t necessarily be avoided, however knowing if you have additional risk factors can help you to take preventative steps to delay the onset of the condition.

Masks in Healthcare Facilities Update

MASKS ARE STILL REQUIRED FOR ALL HEALTHCARE FACILITIES

As the province moves towards relaxing mask mandates, we wanted to take this opportunity to provide clarification for the public health guidelines that will be in place.

According to the changes in regulation that will take place on March 21, 2022, masking requirements will be removed "in most places except public transit, long-term care, retirement homes and other health-care settings, shelters, jails and congregate care and living settings, including homes for individuals with developmental disabilities".

Clinics that provide healthcare services will still be required to adhere to the masking guidelines.

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We are OPEN during LOCKDOWN. All COVID protocols including contact tracing are strictly enforced. APPOINTMENTS ONLY, even for spectacle and contact lens pickups. Our in house lab can now do most single vision lenses on site, sometimes the same day.