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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how do you prevent 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
how do i know if i have a cataract?
If patients think they may have cataracts because of blurred vision, sensitivity to light, or difficulty seeing at night, 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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Who is at risk of getting cataracts?
Cataracts are common among older adults but can occur at any age. Cataracts are more likely to develop in certain groups, including people with diabetes, those who are exposed to high levels of sunlight, smokers, and heavy drinkers. People who have a family history of cataracts are also at an increased risk. Dr. Wilmarth can review your individual risk during a consultation.
When should I have cataract surgery?
Most people with cataracts may need surgery to remove the cloudy lens and restore clear vision. In general, it is best to have surgery when your vision interferes with your daily activities, such as driving, reading, or watching television. Wilmarth Eye and Laser Center will closely monitor your condition and let you know the right time for surgery.
What are the benefits of cataract surgery?
Cataract surgery is a safe and effective way to improve your vision in Roseville, CA. In most cases, it will greatly reduce your need for glasses or contact lenses. Cataract surgery can also provide relief from other symptoms such as glare and halos around lights. Our goal is to help you achieve the best possible vision through advanced procedures.
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