A cataract, or clouding of the lens, is a normal side effect of the aging process. When the clouding becomes so bad that it impairs vision and hampers a person's ability to perform everyday activities, such as driving or reading, surgery is recommended.
Cataracts may develop at any age, although they most commonly occur in elderly adults. Many believe the leading cause of cataracts to be related to chronic ultraviolet light exposure from the sun. Less common causes of cataracts include the use of steroid medication, trauma and heredity.
Dr. Raymond Stein and the experienced Toronto cataract surgeons of Bochner Eye Institute perform cataract surgery using the most advanced microsurgical techniques. Patients now have a choice between traditional cataract surgery and bladeless laser cataract surgery.
Bochner Eye Institute is the first ophthalmology practice in Canada to perform laser cataract surgery and one of the first in North America to offer surgery with the Catalys™ precision laser system. This technology represents what many in the ophthalmic community consider to be the most significant advance in cataract surgery over the past 25 years.
Patients can undergo cataract surgery at the Bochner Eye Institute (40 Prince Arthur Avenue, Toronto) or Scarborough Hospital (Grace Site). The Bochner Eye Institute is the only government-approved independent facility in Ontario devoted exclusively to eye surgery. Learn more about cataract surgery at our Toronto, Ontario practice by exploring the information below.
Determination of the Power of the Intraocular Lens
Intraocular lenses are used during cataract surgery to replace the natural lens that has become clouded. The correct power of the intraocular lens to be implanted must be determined beforehand. Tests are performed to measure the curvature of the front of the eye and length of the eye. This information is entered into a computer formula to calculate the power of the lens. There are two options to obtaining this measurement:
A medical evaluation is performed by your family doctor or an internist to make sure you are fit for surgery. Your blood pressure, heart and lungs will be checked. Blood tests and a cardiogram may be ordered.
Following your cataract surgery procedure at our Toronto practice, your cataract surgeon will provide you with thorough post-operative instructions to ensure a safe and speedy recovery. You will be given a protective eye shield to be worn at bedtime for five nights, as well as antibiotic and steroid eye drops to be used for three weeks. It is important to avoid getting water in the eyes for the first two weeks following surgery. Most Toronto cataract surgery patients are able to return to their normal activities within a few days of the procedure. If necessary, a new glass lens will be prescribed three weeks after surgery.
More than 99 percent of Bochner Eye Institute's Toronto cataract surgery patients do not experience any postoperative complications. Despite every effort to provide the best outcome, complications may occur. These can include:
In addition to being some of the leading Toronto cataract surgeons, Dr. Raymond Stein & Dr. Albert Cheskes' surgical team also helps patients seeking LASIK, PRK, implantable contact lenses and treatment for keratoconus.