By Dr. Nadine Shelton O.D.
What is a cataract? It’s a cloudy area that develops within the normally clear lens of your eye. As we age, the lenses in our eyes harden and may start to look cloudy. This cloudiness can start to make things look blurry because it interferes with the light coming into the eye. The most common cause is age but eye injury, medications such as steroids or certain health problems such as diabetes can also cause cataracts.
During an eye exam, your optometrist will analyze the opacity of your lenses to determine if you have cataracts. In the early stages, minimal vision blurriness may be fixed by updating your glasses. Once the cataract is visually significant and glasses can no longer improve your vision, your optometrist will refer you to an ophthalmologist for surgery. This procedure involves removing the cloudy lens and replacing it with a new artificial (intra-ocular) lens.
Avoid the long wait times at an Urgent Care Centre or Hospital. If you have acute eye pain or other eye problem, you can make an appointment or drop in at any time during our office hours. These conditions are covered for those who have a Manitoba Health number.
Dr. Nadine Shelton B.Sc, O.D. studied at University of Winnipeg, Canada and Indiana University, USA. She has worked abroad in Guanajuato, Mexico assisting outreach patient eye care with VOSH (Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity). Her university days focused on early child eye care and low vision. Dr. Shelton has spent almost nine years in South St.Vital growing her practice. She has recently opened her new own practice with her partner Victor Lopes in the heart of the Corydon Village called nv. nv Eye Care & Eye Wear is a full service optical where eye exams are available and a great selection of unique to the city eye wear can be found. Learn more at nvmyeyes.com, call us at (204) 504-6863 or come see us at 100-698 Corydon Ave in Winnipeg, Canada.