About Laser Cataract Surgery
Living with cataracts greatly detracts from a patient's quality of life, and unfortunately affects millions of men and women all over the world. Laser cataract surgery offers a safe, fast, and very effective method for the removal and replacement of a cloudy lens. Sacramento and Roseville, CA ophthalmologist Dr. Stephen Wilmarth is pleased to offer this advanced approach to cataract removal and will happily discuss every patient's candidacy for this treatment during their initial consultation at Wilmarth Eye and Laser Center. Using the LenSx® laser, he can precisely remove the blockage and restore patient's vision through the implantation of intraocular lenses. He invites everyone suffering from cataracts to call and schedule a consultation today.
Benefits of Laser Removal
Dr. Wilmarth uses the LenSx laser manufactured by industry leader Alcon to perform cataract surgery, giving him ultimate control over every aspect of the procedure. The integrated optical coherence tomography utilized by the femtosecond laser captures detailed images of the eyes, and provides Dr. Wilmarth with precise measurements that allow for individual variances and absolute customization of every patient's procedure. Such details and precision are simply not possible through traditional surgical methods, but these factors have increased significantly with laser cataract surgery and procedures performed with the LenSx laser.
Benefits offered by laser cataract surgery include:
- Complete customization of the procedure
- Enhanced precision in the removal of the cloudy lens
- Greater accuracy in the performance of the capsulotomy
- Better centering of the intraocular lens
- Reduced risk of incision inflammation and corneal swelling
"I had a cataract in my left eye, Dr. Wilmarth performed laser surgery to remove it and replaced my lens with. Restora brand multi-focal lens. The results were amazing I had 20/30 vision the day of surgery and better than 20/20 within 1 month. I was so pleased with the results that I choose to have the lens in my right eye replaced with the same Lens! Same results as the left eye 20/20 vision...it's so nice to be DONE with glasses forever!! Dr. Wilmarth and his entire team are very professional, efficient, extremely competent and friendly. I am very confident in their abilities and recommend them for any eye surgery you may need."- L.H. / Yelp / Jan 24, 2018
"An easy and professional Lasik procedure! A great experience for a medical operation and you can't ask for better hands."- D.R. / Facebook / Jan 17, 2018
"Proud to say I can now see 20/15 [that's better than 20/20]! I must be dreaming; I have worn glasses since I was 5 years old and I feel like a brand new me. I came from a negative 6! Thank you Dr Wilmarth!"- J.R. / Facebook / Oct 20, 2017
"Fantastic experience throughout the pre-op, the procedure itself, and the couple of post-op appointments I've had so far. I went in for moderate to severe hyperopia (far-sightedness), so I would get heavy eye fatigue and lose focus when reading text or small print for any longer than a few minutes. After the Lasik, I now have 20/15 visual acuity and can read for hours without eye fatigue. While it is a significant financial outlay, I was not looking for the discount-chain "99 cent store" type of place to operate on my eyes; I was looking for the best of the best, and I can confidently say that is what you get if you go to Wilmarth Eye and Laser. Thank you again doc!Nick"- N.R. / Yelp / Oct 19, 2017
"I have known Dr. Wilmarth for years through our children's school. I had great vision my entire life but then it all changed when I reached my late 40s. Ultimately, I couldn't read up close or even drive very well without glasses. I didn't last long with the inconvenience of glasses. And, I had a terrible time trying to work with contact lenses. Since Dr. Wilmarth has such an excellent reputation in the area, I decided to schedule a consult.Dr. Wilmarth's staff is very experienced and they seem to really enjoy what they do. They were very kind to me and treated me as though I was important. I didn't research any other doctors for this procedure since my very best friend, who is extremely well-researched, told me she would never go to anyone other than Dr. Wilmarth. I had both eyes fixed for distance. My distance vision now is very sharp. I haven't reached for my glasses since the surgery three weeks ago. I have also found that if I back up my reading materials an extra 6 inches or so, I'm able to read magazines, newspapers, etc. much better even though I had my eyes fixed only for improving distance. I have only reached for my "cheater" reading glasses a few times since the surgery for very small print.I know a lot of people spend years considering this procedure. I'm super grateful for Dr. Wilmarth and I'm very happy to have my life back! Thank you!"- T.C. / Yelp / Jul 21, 2017
What to Expect
Cataract surgery removes the cloudy lens in the patient's 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 a small incision and gently break up the cataract with the LenSx laser. An IOL is then gently injected into the eye and positioned in the same capsule as the old lens. There are a few different lens options that Dr. Wilmarth offers:
- Laser cataract removal with implantation of intraocular lens: This procedure will involve placing an intraocular lens such as a monofocal lens after the removal of the cataract. Patients who undergo this option will most likely require glasses after their procedure to see at certain distances.
- Laser cataract removal with implantation of toric intraocular lens to correct astigmatism: This is a great procedure for patients who desire the best possible distance vision after cataract surgery and have moderate to high astigmatism (blurred vision). With this procedure option, a patient can expect minimal to no need for distance glasses; however, the patient will need glasses for intermediate and near activities.
- Laser cataract removal with implantation of premium intraocular lens: This option is great for patients who want the visual freedom to see near and far without having to rely on glasses or contacts. It uses the custom LenSX femtosecond laser to make the most precise prescription measurement. This particular type of lens gives our cataract patients a new lease on life. Dr. Wilmarth generally uses the Crystalens when performing this option.
Cataract surgery is virtually painless with very few risks associated with the procedure. Our surgeon would be happy to discuss all of these options with his patients in greater detail during their treatment consultation.
Generally, there is a very short recovery period with minimal downtime; the majority of patients are back to normal activities the next day. Most patients' vision becomes much clearer in just a few days after surgery, with some patients reporting restored vision in just one day after surgery. After the procedure, Dr. Wilmarth will give the patient detailed instructions regarding their cataract surgery recovery. It is important to follow these instructions carefully to ensure proper healing and optimal results. Patients should make arrangements for someone to give them a ride home after the procedure.
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Dr. Wilmarth is one of the most experienced cataract surgeons in the Sacramento area. He has performed the procedure for decades and always maintains the highest level of care. If you're ready to have your blurry vision become a thing of the past, then please schedule a consultation with us today. We can discuss if you're a good candidate for laser cataract surgery.