What is a Cataract?
A cataract forms in the lens of the eye when the proteins in the lens begin to break down and interfere with the passage of light. To see clearly, the lens must precisely focus light to form a clear image on the retina. A cataract scatters the light entering the patient's eye, preventing sharp vision and clear images. During cataract surgery performed by Dr. Stephen Wilmarth at Wilmarth Eye and Laser Center in Roseville, CA, the lens is removed and replaced with an artificial lens.
Cataracts may be brought about by:
- Long-term exposure to sunlight without sunglasses
- A diet lacking in vitamins and minerals
"The staff was extremely professional and exceeded every expectation I had. I’ve worn glasses for ten years and now have 20/10 vision. I would highly recommend them to anyone who has ever thought about getting the procedure done."- T.B. / Facebook / Mar 12, 2018
"I just recently had the ICL lens inserted into both of my eyes. I couldn't be happier. I have been in glasses/contacts since 6th grade (now in my 40's) and my vision was -10 and -11. Dr. Wilmarth was so knowledgable, professional and kind. He talked to me through the whole procedure and let me know what he was doing which calmed my nerves. His staff was incredible and Colleen was so quick to return my calls and answer my questions. I highly recommend Dr. Wilmarth and this is one of the best decisions I have made."- J.H. / Yelp / Sep 13, 2018
"I was severely farsighted and have worn glasses since the second grade. At 71 Dr. Wilmarh recommended cataract lens replacement surgery using Toric lenses. I just left his office for a follow-up appointment and my vision is 20/20 in both eyes. No more glasses. He is amazing and makes you feel secure in his recommendation. My experience through the whole process was top notch - Dr. Wilmarth called the night before the procedure - the surgical center called before and after my procedure and follow-up with Dr. Wilmarth was immediate. His staff is so helpful. I can't thank him enough, this has changed my life."- G.C. / Yelp / Jan 30, 2019
"The BEST money I have ever spent. Doctor Wilmarth and all of his staff are excellent at answering any and all questions and sorting out any confusions you may have. Before my surgery my vision was 20/70 in one eye and 20/60 in the other. Now I'm seeing 20/15, which means I see as clearly at 20 feet as someone with "normal" vision sees at 15 feet. I highly recommend a visit to Doctor Wilmarth if you are tired of glasses and/or contacts."- G.W. / Google / Jun 15, 2018
"For anyone considering custom wavefront lasik, I highly recommend Dr. Wilmarth. Highly skilled and professional. From the first visit to post surgery, the process has been amazing.Went from terrible eyesight (legally blind) to 20/15 vision."- D.A. / Google / Jun 05, 2018
Prevention of Cataracts
Dr. Wilmarth will help patients achieve their best eye health and vision. If patients are looking for ways to protect their vision, he can help them reduce their risk of developing cataracts. Once a cataract has progressed, it can’t be reversed, so prevention is extremely important. Sometimes, a cataract is the result of another medical condition or an inherited genetic trait. But in other cases, there are ways to prevent cataracts and protect the vision. Patients can do this by:
- Scheduling regular eye exams
- Wearing sunglasses that block 100% of UV rays
- Eating fruits and vegetables rich in vitamins and minerals
- Not smoking or drinking excessively
Evaluation & Diagnosis
If patients think they may have cataracts, Dr. Wilmarth can diagnose the condition and treat it. This generally involves performing a retinal exam, where Dr. Wilmarth will insert drops into the eyes to help dilate the pupils and allow him better visibility of the retina. A device such as a slit lamp or ophthalmoscope will be used to help magnify the back of the eye and detect any cataracts. Cataract surgery removes the clouded lens and replaces it with an intraocular lens. Dr. Wilmarth has extensive experience in this procedure and can help patients choose an intraocular lens that meets their needs.
Plan Your Procedure
Treat Your Cataracts
If you're suffering from cataracts and loss of vision, contact our Roseville, CA office today. Our experienced ophthalmologist can help diagnose and treat your cataracts so you can enjoy clear vision again.