About Cataract Surgery
As patients age, they may develop cataracts, which is a clouding of the lenses in the eyes. Cataracts cause a gradual deterioration in the 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. But a cataract does not damage the eye — it only blocks the vision similar to a dirty window.
If the eye is otherwise healthy, cataract surgery will restore sharp vision. Fortunately, treatment for cataracts is very safe and effective. Sacramento ophthalmologist Stephen Wilmarth, M.D. 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 in Roseville, CA.
Benefits of Cataract Surgery
The benefits of modern cataract surgery include:
- A brief stay in an ambulatory surgery center, typically three hours
- Topical anesthesia with minimal conscious sedation
- Two 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
"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
"My wife had 20/650 vision in one eye, and 20/750 in the other. We went in for evaluation, and Dr. Wilmarth recommended we start with an ICL procedure, and then "fine-tune" that with Lasik if necessary. His entire staff demonstrated the highest levels of professionalism and kindness. Colette in particular was a joy to work with. Throughout the entire process the communication was clear, thorough, kind, and timely. My wife now has 20/20 vision and she couldn't be happier. If you are considering an eye procedure, this is the place to get it done. Everything from the professionalism of the staff, to the human kindness, to the results were 5/5 star. Bravo, team, bravo!"- D.C. / Yelp / Mar 08, 2019
"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
"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
"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
What to Expect
The first step to cataract surgery is removing the cloudy lens in the patient's eye and replacing 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 help with the discomfort. He will make two small incisions and use an ultrasound handpiece to remove the cataract from its capsule. An IOL is then placed into the eye and positioned in the same location as the old lens. Dr. Wilmarth offers the following options to his cataract surgery patients:
- Cataract removal with implantation of intraocular lens: This procedure involves the placement of a standard intraocular lens, usually one that is monofocal. This will allow patients' vision to be restored, but they will most likely require glasses to see objects at certain distances. It is still a good option for those who do not mind wearing corrective lenses and it is more cost effective.
- Cataract removal with implantation of toric intraocular lens to correct astigmatism: This option will correct blurry vision caused by astigmatism, though the patient may still require reading glasses or contacts to restore their eyesight from all distances.
- Cataract removal with implantation of premium intraocular lens: Premium lenses such as Crystalens is Dr. Wilmarth's preferred method. These advanced lenses will completely transform a patient's vision and offer restoration without the need for glasses or contact lenses.
Cataract removal surgery is usually performed on an outpatient basis, and patients can return to work in about three days. Some people have noticed significant vision improvement after just one day following surgery, while others may take a couple of days to notice the full effects. Each patient will require their specific set of aftercare instructions, as each surgery and case is different. Dr. Wilmarth will thoroughly go over what activities are allowed and which ones to avoid right after the operation.
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Clear Up Blurry Vision
Blurry vision caused by cataracts doesn't have to dominate your life anymore. Thanks to modern advances in technology and Dr. Wilmarth's skillset, your vision can be cleared up more easily and quickly than you might have thought. Call our Roseville, CA office today to find out more about cataract removal surgery.