The Herzig Eye Institute is committed to providing thorough education for patients seeking treatment, to co-managing care with all eye care physicians, and to determining the most effective treatment for each patient on an individual basis. All options are discussed including Advanced Refractive Cataract Treatments.
CONCERNED THAT YOU MAY HAVE A CATARACT?
If you believe you have developed a cataract, ensure that you are thoroughly informed. Understand the various options available to you. Make an appointment with your ophthalmologist, optometrist or family doctor, or contact the Herzig Eye Institute directly. No referral is required.
A thorough eye exam will determine whether you have cataracts. At the Herzig Eye Institute your diagnosis will be confirmed and you will be thoroughly educated about your options.
Modern cataract surgery is performed using ultrasound energy. For many years, surgeons have replaced the eye’s old, cloudy or discoloured lens with a new, clear acrylic or silicone intraocular lens (IOL). The most common form of IOLs for cataract surgery are monofocal, designed to correct vision at one distance. This procedure is routinely and safely performed by Herzig Eye Institute surgeons in hospital and is covered by OHIP. However, we also offer you the option of our Advanced Refractive Cataract Treatments performed at the Herzig Eye Institute. With new advancements in refractive cataract surgery and premium intraocular lenses, many cataract patients can have better vision after Advanced Refractive Cataract Surgery than they had before they developed a cataract.
WHEN SHOULD I CONSIDER CATARACT SURGERY?
Cataract surgery is usually recommended when people feel their quality of life is affected and their ability to perform normal activities (driving, reading or sports) is compromised. When cataract symptoms begin, you may be able to cope temporarily with a new prescription for your glasses, strong bifocals, magnification, appropriate lighting or other visual aids.
In North America, you cannot legally drive unless your vision is at least 20/50 (which means, you are able to see at 20 feet what the average person can see at 50 feet). If you enjoy the independence of driving, you may wish to have surgery earlier to avoid a temporary loss of your driving license. If driving is not essential, you may choose to stop driving and delay surgery until the cataracts interfere with other activities.
When you feel that your blurred vision interferes with your day-to-day life, surgical remedies should be considered.
We’d like to help you understand the options available to you. Did you know that with our advanced Femto-second Laser-Assisted Cataract procedure, combined with an advanced IOL (Intra Ocular Lens), your cataract can be removed and your pre-existing near-sightedness, far-sightedness, astigmatism, AND, your loss of reading vision can be corrected?
Herzig Eye Institute does not charge for services covered by the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP). We are in compliance with Ministry of Health guidelines, and fully protect access to insured health care services. For more information, visit the Government of Ontario’s website.
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