Most patients with cataracts experience vision loss later in life. Though symptoms often progress gradually, cataract surgery might become necessary if the clouding of the lens begins to pose a serious threat to eyesight.
Stephen Wilmarth, M.D., and his entire team are committed to providing successful cataract surgery and other services to the Greater Sacramento Area including Folsom and Roseville. area. To find out which eye care procedure is right for you, please call Wilmarth Eye and Laser Center today at (916) 850-3060 for a free vision consultation.
Do I Need Cataract Surgery?
Eyeglasses and other forms of vision correction won’t treat cataracts – the only effective treatment is to remove them. However, cataract symptoms can be minor or nonexistent for many years. Surgical intervention might only become necessary if you start to notice a serious decline in your vision.
As they develop, cataracts result in increasingly hazy vision. Other possible signs include:
Difficulty seeing at night
Glare and halo effects from light sources, such as headlights or sunshine
Diminished color perception
Progressive nearsightedness (myopia)
Cataracts typically don’t cause pain or discomfort. Dr. Wilmarth will conduct a complete evaluation to determine if cataracts or another condition is responsible for your vision loss, and whether or not removing and replacing the lens with a high-quality intraocular lens (IOL) is the ideal treatment option.
Is Cataract Surgery Right for Me?
Cataract surgery is one of the most commonly performed procedures in the United States. The success rate exceeds 98%, and the use of a topical anesthetic eliminates the safety concerns some patients have in relation to general anesthesia.
Furthermore, our experienced eye surgeon is proud to maintain an exceptional safety record that reaches back more than 35 years. To determine whether or not you’re a candidate for cataract surgery, Dr. Wilmarth will discuss the following during your complimentary consultation:
The extent of vision loss and its impact on day-to-day activities like driving, work duties, and more
Your vision correction goals
The presence of any other eye conditions that might interfere with surgery
Your current medications
For most patients with advanced cataracts, removal of the foggy lens and implantation of an IOL designed to achieve sharper vision is a suitable treatment option. If Dr. Wilmarth determines that another condition is causing vision loss, he can discuss alternative treatments for restoring your eyesight.
For more information about cataract surgery, please contact Wilmarth Eye and Laser Center or call (916) 850-3060 today for a free vision consultation. Dr. Wilmarth has extensive experience performing this procedure for patients in Folsom, Sacramento, and throughout Northern California.