What is a Cataract?
A cataract forms in the lens of the eye when the proteins in the lens begin to break down and interfere with the passage of light. To see clearly, the lens must precisely focus light to form a clear image on the retina. A cataract scatters the light entering the patient's eye, preventing sharp vision and clear images. During cataract surgery performed by Dr. Stephen Wilmarth at Wilmarth Eye and Laser Center in Roseville, CA, the lens is removed and replaced with an artificial lens.
Cataracts may be brought about by:
- Long-term exposure to sunlight without sunglasses
- A diet lacking in vitamins and minerals
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"I can read the back of a medicine bottle, emails on my computer, the TV 10 feet away and street signs a quarter mile away, all without the glasses I’ve always worn. This miracle is due to the fact that Dr. Wilmarth removed my cataracts and implanted lens. I’m so thrilled to see vivid colors again. This was a life-changing event for me. Dr Wilmarth and the staff was wonderful."- L.W. / Yelp / Aug 26, 2020
Prevention of Cataracts
Dr. Wilmarth will help patients achieve their best eye health and vision. If patients are looking for ways to protect their vision, he can help them reduce their risk of developing cataracts. Once a cataract has progressed, it can’t be reversed, so prevention is extremely important. Sometimes, a cataract is the result of another medical condition or an inherited genetic trait. But in other cases, there are ways to prevent cataracts and protect the vision. Patients can do this by:
- Scheduling regular eye exams
- Wearing sunglasses that block 100% of UV rays
- Eating fruits and vegetables rich in vitamins and minerals
- Not smoking or drinking excessively
Evaluation & Diagnosis
If patients think they may have cataracts, Dr. Wilmarth can diagnose the condition and treat it. This generally involves performing a retinal exam, where Dr. Wilmarth will insert drops into the eyes to help dilate the pupils and allow him better visibility of the retina. A device such as a slit lamp or ophthalmoscope will be used to help magnify the back of the eye and detect any cataracts. Cataract surgery removes the clouded lens and replaces it with an intraocular lens. Dr. Wilmarth has extensive experience in this procedure and can help patients choose an intraocular lens that meets their needs.
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If you're suffering from cataracts and loss of vision, contact our Roseville, CA office today. Our experienced ophthalmologist can help diagnose and treat your cataracts so you can enjoy clear vision again.
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