Cataracts are an extremely common vision problem, mostly affecting those over 60 years old. It is degenerative, meaning that your vision will get worse the longer you leave it untreated. If you never get it treated, there is a possibility of going completely blind. However, the loss of vision is not permanent and cataract removal will restore the vision.
Luckily, there are effective cataract treatments available. Unlike other progressive eye diseases such as glaucoma, cataracts can be completely cured through surgical removal of the clouded lens and replacement with a clear, artificial lens.
Do You Need Cataract Surgery?
If you have noticed your vision deteriorating, you should see an experienced ophthalmologist as soon as possible for an exam and diagnosis. If it turns out that you have cataracts, it's up to you whether or not you want to have cataract surgery. Some people have cataracts that don't bother them too much and elect to just live with them. If your cataracts are not causing significant vision problems, you may not need surgery.
Dr. Wilmarth will let you know during your appointment whether or not you are a good candidate for cataract surgery.
Traditional vs Laser Cataract Surgery
Dr. Wilmarth performs both traditional and laser cataract surgery on patients. Both versions are safe and effective, with high success and satisfaction rates. Dr. Wilmarth prefers to perform laser cataract surgery when possible, however, due to its reduced risk of complications and high level of accuracy and customization.
Traditional Cataract Surgery: This surgery uses manual incisions and other manual instruments to break up the lens. Then, a new artificial lens will be inserted. Recovery time is very quick, and the procedure itself is painless.
Laser Cataract Surgery: This is the most advanced cataract surgery. Optical coherence tomography femto second laser technology creates the incisions, opens the lens, breaks the lens into segments and corrects astigmatism. Then an new lens is implanted to correct vision.
No matter which cataract surgery you choose, the end result is clear, unimpaired vision. Dr. Wilmarth also offers premium intraocular lenses (IOL’s) to improved your vision so that you don’t need glasses following cataract surgery.
If you have cataracts that are affecting your vision to the point of interfering with everyday life, don't hesitate to contact Wilmarth Eye and Laser Center at 916-850-3060 today to schedule your free cataracts surgery consultation.