About Glaucoma Surgery
Glaucoma is a serious condition that occurs when the optic nerve becomes damaged. Once this happens, severe pressure and fluid buildup can take place, causing vision issues and pain. Sacramento and Roseville, CA ophthalmologist Dr. Stephen Wilmarth is highly experienced in treating glaucoma through micro-invasive glaucoma (MIGS) surgery. He offers the innovative iStent procedure, which is a tiny, surgical, titanium micro-bypass stent that is placed inside the eye. It helps to relieve pressure and create a passageway for proper fluid drainage and flow to occur. It can also help reduce the need for patients to take constant medication. If patients believe they can benefit from this operation, then Dr. Wilmarth highly recommends scheduling a consultation with him right away at Wilmarth Eye and Laser Center. He will help create a custom treatment plan and explain the procedure process with each patient.
"Long Story short: best money I ever spent. Short story long: eye surgery is not something I’m going to risk by trying to find a "good deal." It was important to me to find someone experienced and capable. Dr. Wilmarth came recommended by a friend who did her surgery a year prior. He’s been doing it for almost 30 years. He’s efficient, which is something I appreciate. I wasn’t looking to be coddled but I did have questions that he answered knowledgeably. I trust him completely and recommend him to all of my friends who want lasik. My vision was -4.75 (R) and -5.25 (L) with astigmatism. It’s now corrected to what my vision was in contacts/glasses and that’s not even fully recovered. I can not recommend Dr. Wilmarth enough. Yes, it’s pricey, but the biggest draw for me was that I knew someone who had surgery with him and loved it. I’m not about to risk my eyes on a doctor who hasn’t been vetted. So look no further. This guy knows his stuff."- S.Z. / Yelp / Apr 10, 2022
"Such a great experience at Wilmarth Eye and Laser Center. I have been wearing contact lenses for over 25 years, and I was hesitant to get my eyes fixed. I went in a for a consultation, and Dr. Wilmarth made me feel so confident in getting lasik surgery. I had a couple pre-surgery appointments, all done very quickly and easily, and then I went in for surgery. The lasik surgery was PAINLESS and so so quick. Recovery was just as easy, and by the next morning, I was seeing as clear as if I were still wearing my contact lenses. I'm now a week out of surgery, I have better than perfect vision, and I'm so so happy with my results! Thank you to Dr. Wilmarth and his team!"- E.D. / Healthgrades / Mar 31, 2022
"I came home from seeing you (Dr. Wilmarth) today and sat down at the piano and opened my music and I could see it very well, and I started playing. And then I had to stop because I was just crying and crying and crying. Thank you for restoring my ability to see my music!"- L.B. / Office Visit / Mar 10, 2021
"I have been wanting to get Lasik for a very long time, and 2021 was the year to do it. Dr.Wilmarth and his staff are top notch, very friendly and went over step with me to make sure I felt confident with my decision. Best decision I ever made, I was extremely lucky and got the 1% chance of getting 20/10. This was much greater then I ever expected, the surgery was quick and painless took about 10 mins each eye. If anyone ever asks me about Lasik I will only recommend Dr.Wilmarth."- M.Y. / Google / Jan 26, 2021
"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
Who is a candidate for glaucoma surgery?
Wilmarth Eye and Laser Center will perform a comprehensive eye exam to determine your candidacy for our cutting-edge glaucoma surgery. This may include a review of your medical history and medications, as well as an assessment of your current intraocular pressure. Inform our team if you experience sudden or gradual changes in your vision, chronic dry eye, or other issues that impact your day-to-day life. Patients should be in generally good health to qualify for this type of surgery.
What to Expect
The iStent implant is tiny and safe to use for glaucoma treatment. It is a surgical, titanium micro-bypass stent that Dr. Wilmarth and his team preload into a one-time, single-use sterile inserter. The inserter is meticulously designed for precision and accuracy, which allows our surgeon to maneuver the implant into position in the most micro-targeted manner. Dr. Wilmarth has changed the lives of so many patients with this innovative, state-of-the-art glaucoma treatment, allowing them to live a life free of worry and fear of additional vision loss.
Studies have shown that iStent is an overall low-risk procedure that has produced very minimal complications. This procedure will be performed on an outpatient basis, so patients can expect to go home the same day and return to their normal activities in just a few days following their surgery. Many research specialists and patients have reported significantly less pressure in their eyes and decrease in the amount of medication needed to treat their condition.
Glaucoma surgery FAQs
Is glaucoma surgery safe?
Glaucoma surgery is very safe when performed by an experienced medical professional at Wilmarth Eye and Laser Center. This kind of procedure has been performed for many years with very few adverse reactions. The most common side effects are temporary and resolve soon after treatment. If you have any safety concerns, please consult with our eye care team.
How do I prepare for glaucoma surgery?
Prior to glaucoma surgery, Dr. Wilmarth will conduct a consultation to discuss your goals and assess your candidacy. This is the best time to review any pre-operative instructions and information. These guidelines may include avoiding certain medications or supplements.
Will my results be successful?
Glaucoma surgery can provide excellent results that are also long-lasting. However, it is important to have realistic expectations about your outcomes. Our surgery may not prevent the need for future procedures. A trained member of our team in Roseville, CA, will review what to expect and ensure that your treatment plan meets your health goals.
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Treat Your Glaucoma Today
The innovative iStent procedure is one of the most advanced and effective ways to treat more serious cases of glaucoma. It has proven results of relieving pressure in the eye while using minimally invasive approaches for a short recovery period. Call our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Wilmarth today to treat your glaucoma.
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