Laser cataract surgery is the most advanced technique for treating cataracts, which occur when fibers in the eye merge together, causing cloudy, blurry vision. Cataracts are most common in people over the age of 60, although they can develop at earlier ages due to a variety of causes. Unfortunately, cataracts cannot be treated through medication, glasses, or LASIK; the only option for restoring clear vision is through cataract surgery. Fortunately, cataract surgery is a highly safe and effective treatment when performed by an experienced cataract surgeon such as Dr. Wilmarth.
What is Cataract Surgery?
Since cataracts are caused by a defect in the lens of the eye, cataract surgery works by removing the damaged, cloudy lens and replacing it with a clear artificial one called an intraocular lens (IOL). There are many types of intraocular lenses, some of which are able to correct your vision so you don't need glasses following cataract surgery. Types of IOL include:
Talk to Dr. Wilmarth to determine which type of IOL is best for you.
Laser Cataract Surgery vs Traditional Cataract Surgery
Here at Wilmarth Eye, we perform both laser and traditional cataract surgery. Laser surgery is the more technologically advanced option, and offers benefits such as:
- High level of customization
- Enhanced precision and accuracy
- Reduced risk of inflammation and swelling
- Reduced chance of vision problems arising after surgery
Laser cataract surgery allows for a very high level of precision and customization, as it can map the eye using optical coherence tomography (OCT) and pinpoint the exact location of the cataracts. In addition, the laser technology softens and breaks up the cataract without the need for a probe to be inserted, which reduces the risk of post-surgical complications.
However, traditional cataract surgery is also very safe and effective, with a long history and years of technique being perfected. Which type of surgery is best for you will be discussed during your consultation with Dr. Wilmarth.
Schedule Your Cataract Surgery Consultation
If you are suffering from cataracts and want to restore clear vision, don't hesitate to contact Wilmarth Eye at 916-850-3060 for a consultation. We serve the Roseville, Rocklin, Folsom, and Greater Sacramento areas of Northern California.