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Cataracts and Driving;  A Critical Combination

Successful Treatment Of Cataracts

Cataracts are one of the leading causes of reversible visual impairment in older adults, with an estimated 30 percent of having severe cataract in at least one eye (1).

As the population ages, then the incidence increases. Its treatment, cataract surgery, is one of the most effective (2) and safest treatments in healthcare. 1,5 million people are treated with this procedure, with 95% successful results in North America yearly. (4)

Impact of Impaired Vision

Impaired vision caused by cataracts, also has a significant impact on the quality of life, although indirect, the mental process involved in knowing, learning, and understanding things, depression, mobility and independent living in seniors. For example, provision can lead to falls and injuries, and provision could also lead to a loss of driving ability and independence.

Deterioration of Vision and Driving

Driving is a complex task that involves the integration of a range of abilities, including visual skills. Deterioration of vision due to cataracts can impact on driving capacity, as resulted in driving capability and performance. (1)

In addition to the visual acuity (reading charts and signs) problems, the main driver of the impaired driving, cataract patients are facing, is also reduced contrast sensitivity. It is a critical measure of visual function that may often be forgotten, that is, the ability to distinguish the foreground from the background. This function is especially important under the conditions of limited light, night, fog or glare when the contrast between items and their background often is reduced. Patients may comment, “I can read, but my quality of vision is poor.”

Self-regulation of Driving Habits

In response to the impaired vision, often drivers with cataracts prefer to self-regulate their habits, such as by driving less frequently, avoiding driving in the rain, at peak hours, and night (5) even though driving enables them mobility, independence and enhanced quality of life. However, still, with the self-regulation, growing evidence shows that older drivers with cataracts are less safe to drive, and have 2.5 times more at‐fault motor vehicle crash than their counterparts without cataracts. (1) Despite effective and successful treatment, many people live with cataracts for a prolonged time before cataract surgery, and roughly 25% of them continue to drive even if their vision does not meet the visual requirements for driving, as a study suggested. (1)

The Benefits  of Cataract Surgery

The beneficial effect of cataract surgery on driving outcomes has been shown consistently in the medical literature (7). Findings suggest that surgery of both eyes increases the mobility of drivers; even their visual impairment is relatively mild. (5) Moreover, we know that driving in the rain, driving alone, turns across traffic and night driving can improve following the first eye surgery as a result of better contrast sensitivity. One of the studies suggested that cataract surgery results in an 88 percent reduction in the risk of problems with driving (1). 40% of all patients drive more frequently, and many who stopped driving started to drive again after first eye or bilateral cataract surgery. (5)

Finally, research has also shown a 50 percent reduction in motor vehicle crashes (1) and 9% in serious traffic crashes following cataract surgery. (6)

Needless to say, that cataract surgery can NOT only improve vision, but also contrast sensitivity, and improve glare issues. Still, there are many other factors beyond impaired vision that can contribute to adverse incidents. Therefore, cataracts are not the only risk for a traffic crash or fall. (8)

However, there is substantial evidence that cataract surgery can offer tangible benefits to road safety and should be considered at an earlier stage rather than a later stage to keep safe driving and enhanced quality of life in the older population with cataracts.

Cataract Surgery at Fraser Valley Cataract and Laser

Diagnosis of patients whose driving performance would most benefit from cataract surgery is an important criterion in the decision making of the operation. To learn more about cataract surgery, contact Fraser Valley Cataract & Laser Center. FVCL uses lenses that improve driving vision and Night vision.

Schedule your appointment by calling 604-372-EYES (3937) today.



  1. Wood JM, Black AA. Ocular disease and driving. Clin Exp Optom. 2016;99(5):395–401. doi:10.1111/cxo.12391
  2. Davis, G. (2016). The Evolution of Cataract Surgery. Missouri medicine, 113(1), 58–62.
  3. https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/health-topics/hw36326
  4. https://www.cos-sco.ca/vision-health-information/conditions-disorders-treatments/cataract/
  5. Agramunt, S., Meuleners, L. B., Fraser, M. L., Chow, K. C., Ng, J. Q., & Raja, V. (2018). First and second eye cataract surgery and driver self-regulation among older drivers with bilateral cataract: a prospective cohort study. BMC geriatrics, 18(1), 51. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12877-018-0743-1
  6. Schlenker, M. B., Thiruchelvam, D., & Redelmeier, D. A. (2018). Association of Cataract Surgery With Traffic Crashes. JAMA ophthalmology, 136(9), 998–1007https://doi.org/10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2018.2510
  7. Schlenker MB, Thiruchelvam D, Redelmeier DA. Association of Cataract Surgery With Driving Safety and Falls—Reply. JAMA Ophthalmol.2019;137(5):585–586. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2019.0396





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COVID-19 Update

Important Notice

Dear Patients and Referring Physicians,

We are happy to announce that all our clinics are now open for routine eyecare examinations and elective surgeries as of May 22, 2020, following the recent instructions of Government BC and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia.

In addition to our commitment to provide each patient with the highest quality eye care resulting in the best outcomes, the protection of our patients from COVID-19 is our main concern and top priority. Therefore, we have taken important precautions to ensure the safety and health of our patients, staff and doctors, including but not limited to:

  • Reduced the number and the intensity of visits, allowance of only the patients to enter the office (with reasonable exceptions)
  •  Extended clinic and surgery hour
  •  Screening of patients at the entrance for COVID-19
  •  Strict physical distancing
  •  Enhanced cleaning and disinfection of surfaces, high touch areas, equipment, and medical devices
  •  A barrier shield at the front desk
  •  Placement of the additional hand sanitizer
  •  Wearing masks during the entire clinic encounter

We expect from our patients :

  • Staying at home and calling ahead at our clinic if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or had any exposure and contact to a COVID -19 patient during the last two weeks. Our telehealth services are still available
  • Bringing and wearing a protective face mask
  • Following all the signs at the entrance and in the clinic
  • Washing the hands or using the hand sanitizer upon arrival and frequently afterwards
  • Keeping the physical distancing of 2 meters

Our team will contact the patients before their appointments and provide them with all the necessary guidance.

Please book your appointment online or call us at 604-372-3937

Thank you for your understanding during this exceptional time. We look forward to seeing you soon at Fraser Health Cataract and Laser.

Fraser Valley Cataract laser Eye Surgery Coquitlam

Important Notice

Dear Patients and Referring Physicians,

As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, in the interest of the  health and safety of our patients, our staff, and the public, we will remain open to serve patients with urgent and emergent eye conditions. However, we are suspending elective surgery and non-emergent office visits until further notice.  Our doctors remain available for telephone and internet video consultations with patients.  Please follow up on our website and on Facebook for updates. 

 Thank you for your understanding. 

 The Doctors and Staff at Fraser Valley Cataract and Laser

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What is the Cost of LASIK?

Does LASIK Really Cost $490 Per Eye?

One of the most frequently asked questions about LASIK is: How much does it cost? We frequently see ads in the Greater Vancouver area that advertise LASIK starting at $490 per eye, which sounds great on the surface. What’s not immediately clear from the ads is what you actually end up paying when you add up additional fees and costs, or if you’re not a candidate for the basic LASIK surgery valued at $490 per eye. In this blog post, we’ll cover the benefits of LASIK and discuss the factors that affect your LASIK quote so you can see it’s more affordable that you may think.

At Fraser Valley Cataract and Laser, we offer LASIK and other vision correction procedures, such as PRK, ICLs, and RLEs. To keep it simple in this blog post, we’ll focus solely on the costs of LASIK.

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Measles Outbreak in BC: Connecting Measles and Eyesight

With the recent measles outbreak in the Greater Vancouver area, measles awareness has increased dramatically in the past couple of months.  With Spring Break coming up, and more families travelling to foreign countries that have lower levels of measles immunization, so we wanted to spotlight the connection between eyesight and measles, especially for children.

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Botox: Not Just For The Rich And Famous Anymore!

Did you know that Botox is more than a cosmetic procedure to make the skin of the rich and famous more youthful? Before it was a popular skin procedure, Botox became available in Canada as a treatment for crossed eyes (strabismus) and uncontrolled blinking (blepharospasm). Eye specialists or ophthalmologists have come to rely on Botox to help patients improve their vision and quality of life, both cosmetically and functionally.

In this article, we explore the uses of Botox for cosmetic and esthetic purposes, especially related to the area around our eyes (oculofacial area).

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Sports Eye Safety

Do you love to play hockey, squash, baseball or golf? If you play any sport that involves balls, pucks, racquets, sticks or bats, the risk of serious eye injury is very real. In fact, about 40% of eye injuries over the last few decades, are from playing ice hockey, with racquet sports being the second most common cause.

Studies also show that 1 in 3 sports eye injuries involves children, and are a common cause of blindness in kids. (Before you ‘sideline’ your athlete, know that 90 percent of sports eye injuries can be prevented with the right eye protection.)

As better eye gear has been developed for these sports and more players have been wearing it, fewer serious injuries have occurred. However, over the last 20 years in Canada, over 4000 eye injuries were reported, with 449 resulting in blindness.

Here are five ways you can protect your eyes and prevent sports eye injuries.


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Diabetes Awareness Month: The Link Between Diabetes And Your Eye Health

November is Diabetes Awareness Month and today, November 14, is Diabetes Awareness Day. This month, the health community is joining forces to raise awareness for this disease and how it’s more than just being aware of what you’re putting in your body.

Most of us associate diabetes solely with nutrition and fitness, when in fact diabetes affects many of your body’s systems and processes, including your vision. It also contributes to a higher incidence of a group of eye conditions commonly found in patients with diabetes.

Diabetic eye disease includes diabetic retinopathy (including diabetic macular edema), cataracts, and glaucoma. If not diagnosed or treated by an optometrist or ophthalmologist, these can lead to severe vision loss or even blindness.

As eye care specialists, we want to focus on the important link between diabetes and your vision so you are aware of the risk factors, conditions, and preventative measures you can take to mitigate your risk or progression of eye diseases.

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Retinal Exams: Early Detection Of Diabetic Retinopathy

What is Diabetic Retinopathy?

This is a medical condition caused by diabetes where the tiny blood vessels in the retina are damaged by chronically high blood sugar. This damage causes bleeding, which distorts vision and, eventually, leads to blindness if untreated.

This disease affects 80% of the people who have had diabetes for 20 years or more. The longer a person has diabetes, the higher their chances of developing this condition.


Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic Retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness in people 20 to 64 years old.

But at least 90% of the new cases could be reduced if there was proper treatment and monitoring of the eyes.

And this is why retinal exams are a critical part of a diabetic’s health care routine. If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, whether it’s Type I or II, you need to start thinking about regular retinal exams to make sure your vision is healthy.

Retinal exams are fairly simple procedures, with the eye care professional dilating the pupils so they can see into the eyes. The patient’s vision may be a little blurry for a couple of hours, but that’s the only side effect.

If Diabetic Retinopathy is discovered, there are a few effective treatments that we can suggest, from something as non-evasive as taking medication to surgery or laser treatments to cause coagulation in the blood vessels.

Diabetic Retinal Exams are strongly recommended for anyone who has diabetes and has been living with that condition for a longer period of time. We recommend getting a comprehensive retinal exam every year because diabetic retinopathy often has no warning signs until blindness occurs.

Learn more about your options with laser vision correction.  Learn more about the Lasik MD surrey location details. Laser eye surgery is available at all of our locations at Fraser Valley Cataract and Laser.   Book your eye doctor consultation now! Learn about our address and contact details for the following locations: 

So if you’re currently living with diabetes and want to take early steps to prevent losing your vision, come see us at Fraser Valley Cataract & Laser. Our team can diagnose and monitor this condition.

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What Is Corneal Collagen Cross-Linking?

Corneal collagen cross-linking is a procedure which uses riboflavin drops and ultra-violet light to treat progressive and irregular changes in corneal shape, known as ectasia. The combination of the drops (which contain vitamin B2) and the UV light causes the chemical bonds in the cornea to strengthen and cross-link.

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