As you age, you may develop cataracts, a clouding of the lenses in your eyes. Cataracts cause a gradual deterioration in your vision and if left untreated, may even lead to blindness. The condition cannot be corrected with glasses, contact lenses, or refractive surgery procedures such as LASIK. However, a cataract doesn’t damage your eye; it only blocks the vision similar to a dirty window.
If your eye is otherwise healthy, cataract surgery will restore sharp vision. Cataract removal and implantation of an intraocular lens is a medical procedure that is covered by your health insurance. This is commonly confused with vision insurance, which only provides for exams, glasses and contact lenses.
Fortunately, treatment for cataracts is very safe and effective. Sacramento ophthalmologist Stephen Wilmarth, MD has performed thousands of cataract surgeries over the past 30 years, with an extremely low complication rate. To learn more about this procedure, please call Wilmarth Eye and Laser Center at 916-782-2111 today for a free consultation.
Benefits of Cataract Surgery
Cataract surgery is a true modern medical miracle. Utilizing the best techniques and state-of-the-art technology, Dr. Wilmarth creates great value for those fortunate enough to walk through the doors at his clinic.
The benefits of modern cataract surgery include:
- A brief stay in an ambulatory surgery center, typically 3 hours
- Topical anesthesia with minimal conscious sedation
- 2 small incisions that do not require stitches
- Short recovery period with minimal downtime – the majority of patients are back to normal activities the next day
- Premium and standard intraocular lenses that deliver clear vision and may reduce the need for glasses following surgery
- Very low rate of complication with minimal risk of infection – Dr. Wilmarth has had no post-operative infections in 30 years of surgery
Your Cataract Removal Procedure
Cataract surgery removes the cloudy lens in your eye and replaces it with an artificial lens called an IOL or intraocular lens. The procedure is performed in an ambulatory surgery center.
Dr. Wilmarth will administer a local anesthetic to reduce any discomfort. He will make 2 small incisions and use an ultrasound handpiece to remove the cataract from its capsule. An IOL is then gently injected into the eye and positioned in the same capsule as your old lens.
Cataract surgery is virtually painless, and there are very few risks associated with the procedure. Dr. Wilmarth also offers a bladeless option with laser cataract surgery. He would be happy to discuss this option with you in greater detail during your treatment consultation.
After your procedure, Dr. Wilmarth will give you detailed instructions regarding your cataract surgery recovery. It is important to follow these instructions carefully to ensure proper healing and optimal results. You should make arrangements for someone to give you a ride home after the procedure.
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Why Choose Wilmarth Eye and Laser Center
Dr. Wilmarth is one of the most experienced cataract surgeons in the Sacramento area. He has performed the procedure for more than 30 years and always maintained the highest level of care.
His experience, combined with a commitment to using the most advanced techniques and technology available, increases the likelihood of an excellent result. Dr. Wilmarth routinely implants premium IOLs such as the Crystalens to eliminate or decrease your need for glasses afterward. Dr. Wilmarth has implanted more Crystalens lenses in patients’ eyes than any other eye surgeon in Northern California.
Dr. Wilmarth truly cares about achieving excellent results for his patients. He will always put in the necessary time during the preparation phase of your cataract surgery to ensure the best possible outcome. This is particularly important when using premium IOLs such as Crystalens, which require a thorough work-up and surgical experience to deliver the excellent results you deserve.
Discuss your candidacy for cataract surgery for free by contacting Wilmarth Eye and Laser Center today. Call 916-782-2111 to schedule an appointment at our office in Roseville, California. Dr. Wilmarth serves patients throughout the Sacramento area, including Rocklin, Lincoln, Folsom, and nearby areas.