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Grande Prairie, AB
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Cataracts, once considered a “prescription for blindness”, are an inevitable condition for most people. Increasing in frequency with age, eventually everyone will develop cataracts of some degree.
They are the leading cause of vision loss among people age 40 and older. In fact, according to Prevent Blindness America, cataracts are more common than glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic eye disease… combined!

Cataract Causes

Your eye leverages its lens to focus on objects near and far. The lens is made up mostly of water and clear proteins (arranged in such a way that light easily passes through it). It’s the arrangement of the protein that enables light to freely pass to the retina.
As we age, these proteins clump together and alter their arrangement and structure. These clumps become more numerous and form what we call a “cataract”.

Cataract Risk Factors

While we don’t know for sure why cataracts develop, we have found lifestyle and other risk factors that influence their development. These include:

  • UV light (from the Sun, tanning beds, and other sources)
  • Diabetes (cataracts are part of the diabetic eye disease group)
  • Hypertension
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Corticosteroid medications (prolonged use)
  • Certain cholesterol medications
  • Myopia
  • Alcoholism
  • Prior eye injuries or surgeries
  • Hormone replacement therapy
  • Family history

Cataract Types

As with any good eye disease, there are more than one type of cataracts. A rare type of cataract, called a congenital cataract, is linked with the development of amblyopa. The three most common are:

Subcapsular Cataracts

These form at the back of the lens and are more common in people taking high doses of steroid medications, or people living with diabetes.

Nuclear Cataracts

These form in the nucleus of the lens and are generally associated with aging.

Cortical Cataract

These form in the lens cortex (the part of the lens that surrounds the nucleus). They appear as opaque white “spokes” that work from the periphery to the centre of your vision (like bike spokes).

Cataract Treatments

There is currently only one type of treatment approved to treat cataracts: cataract removal surgery. Other options, such as increasing the power of your corrective lenses, are effective at temporarily improving your vision (the operative word being temporarily).
Learn more about cataract removal surgery.

What You'll Find at Aurora Eye Care

Sunglasses are about more than just style: they’re about protecting your eyes. A quality pair of sunglasses will be labeled as 100% UV blocking with the UV blocking built right into the lens. Unsure if yours block harmful UV light? Bring them in and we’ll test them for you!

Are Your Sunglasses UV Safe? +

For every pair of glasses purchased we donate towards VisionSpring, which supports the purchase of a pair of glasses for someone in a developing country. We love helping people both at home and abroad look, feel, and see better!

Buy a Pair, Support a Pair +

Using the Zeis iProfilier Plus, we are able to generate more accurate prescriptions for your corrective lenses. The iProfilier takes a topographical map of the front of your eye and allows us to compensate for some of the eye irregularities each of us have. The result is a more customized and accurate prescription.

More Accurate Corrective Lens Prescriptions +

Sunglasses are about more than just style: they’re about protecting your eyes. A quality pair of sunglasses will be labeled as 100% UV blocking with the UV blocking built right into the lens. Unsure if yours block harmful UV light? Bring them in and we’ll test them for you!

For every pair of glasses purchased we donate towards VisionSpring, which supports the purchase of a pair of glasses for someone in a developing country. We love helping people both at home and abroad look, feel, and see better!

Using the Zeis iProfilier Plus, we are able to generate more accurate prescriptions for your corrective lenses. The iProfilier takes a topographical map of the front of your eye and allows us to compensate for some of the eye irregularities each of us have. The result is a more customized and accurate prescription.

Where Aurora Eye Care is Located

Location Information

We are located on the east side of town in the Cobblestone Plaza, beside the TD Canada Trust and Shoppers Drug Mart on 100 Ave and 92 St. There is ample parking available on-site.

Address

9920 92 St
Grande Prairie AB, T8V 5N8

Contact Information

  • Monday: 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Tuesday: 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Thursday: 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Friday: 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed
  • Dr. Pamela Giles
  • Dr. Kyla Hunter
  • Dr. Kent Manville
  • Dr. Charlotte Forgie
  • Dr. Natasha Chrenek
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