Access to cataract surgery can significantly impact a patient’s quality of life. Cataract surgery is reported to be one of the most cost-effective ways of enhancing quality of life for patients who need this procedure.


Access to cataract surgery:

  • Reduces the risk of further eyesight degeneration;
  • Enables people to continue to live safely in their homes with better vision than before surgery;
  • Sustains independence as many people are able to drive again, with improved confidence and safety after surgery; and,
  • Improves patients’ quality of life.

In addition to a large volume of cataract procedures, medical and surgical management of the following ophthalmologic specialties are provided to LHIN residents:

  • Cornea
  • Ocular Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • Oculo-plastics
  • Neuro-ophthalmology
  • Retinal Care
  • Pediatric Care 

Wait Times for Eye Surgeries Including Cataracts

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Learn More about Cataracts

Cataracts are a clouding of the lens of the eye. When cataracts are present, it is similar to looking through a fogged window. Cataracts can make vision blurry, increase glare from lights, and make it difficult to do regular activities of daily living such as driving, climbing steps, reading or working. When cataracts interfere with a person’s ability to do everyday activities a doctor may suggest cataract surgery.


Cataract surgery is a procedure to remove the cloudy lens of the eye and replace it with an artificial lens. It is performed by an eye doctor (ophthalmologist), and is completed in an outpatient setting (patients don’t need to stay overnight in the hospital/clinic).  Cataract surgery occurs commonly and is generally a very safe procedure with good patient satisfaction after surgery.