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  • Writer's pictureKrista Simpson

Cataract surgery wait times down in Waterloo Region thanks to local partnership

Published June 26, 2024 10:11 p.m. EDT

Cataract surgery being performed at TLC Laser Eye Centres in Kitchener Ontario on June 14, 2024 (Dan Lauckner/CTV News)

Wait times for cataract surgeries in Waterloo Region are down, as more publicly-funded surgeries are being done in private clinics instead of hospitals.

It’s a partnership that began in May 2021, during the COVID-19 pandemic, and one that expanded once the province gave the greenlight to increase the number of procedures.

Cataract surgeries, that are not complicated, can be done at the Kitchener Waterloo TLC Laser Eye Centre.

Christiane Dijong had surgery on both her eyes at the clinic in June, a procedure that took just a few minutes.

“It went great,” she told CTV News shortly afterwards, adding she felt nothing during the surgery and only saw bright lights.

She was cared for by Dr. Chryssa McAlister, who performs surgeries at both TLC and St. Mary’s General Hospital in Kitchener.



The Canadian Ophthalmological Society has advocated against profit as a main professional motivation. View the society's 2022 Non-Hospital Surgical Centres Advocacy Principles here.


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