Cataracts are changes in the lens of the eye that eventually cause cloudy vision. Eventually, the lenses of the eyes become so clouded over that the vision is entirely obscured, resulting in blindness.
Cataracts develop mainly due to age, with about 50% of all people having a cataract by the time they're age 65. By the time a patient reaches 75, they’re extremely likely to have at least one cataract. Diseases like diabetes are also a common cause of cataracts. Taking certain medications such as steroids on a long term basis may cause cataracts to develop, too. While quite rare, babies can have congenital cataracts. This occurs when the mother has an infectious disease like measles while pregnant.
People with cataracts typically notice that their vision is gradually growing dimmer and cloudier. More specifically, that can manifest itself as:
Cataract surgery is the best way -- and currently the only one -- to remedy cataracts from the eyes. The vast majority of cataract surgeries are highly successful, allowing patients to regain vision that they may have thought was lost forever.
Cataract & Vision Center of Hawaii is the first practice in the state of Hawaii to offer the most advanced laser cataract surgery available today. The Catalys® Precision Laser System uses lasers to perform parts of the surgery that once had to be done with handheld blades and instruments. This bladeless computer-controlled laser is combined with cutting edge 3D imaging to get a level of precision that’s never been possible with standard cataract surgery.
The Catalys® technique also allows for a high degree of customization based on the patient's unique eye shape and dimensions. This technique also lowers the risk of complications and allows for faster healing and quicker visual recovery. Additionally, if patients have astigmatism in addition to cataracts, both conditions can be treated at once, which eliminates the need for vision correction.
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