Hollingshead Eye Center

360 East Mallard Dr., Suite 110
Boise, Idaho 83706


What happens during a cataract procedure?

During the outpatient cataract procedure, Dr. Hollingshead removes the clouded lens and implants an artificial replacement lens—either a standard monofocal lens or an advanced technology lifestyle lens—in its place. The incision heals naturally and no stitches are necessary. The procedure is performed in as little as fifteen minutes. After the procedure, you will be allowed to return home. Vision starts to improve immediately following cataract surgery, with complete recovery in a few days.

Cataract patients who also struggle with glaucoma may benefit from a state-of-the-art treatment option called iStent.

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Which replacement lens is best for my lifestyle?

There has never been a better time in history to have cataract surgery than now. Replacement lenses are available that can help you see better at night and restore a full range of vision at all distances. These lenses allow you to participate in activities you may be missing out on—using the computer, reading the newspaper, driving, playing golf, and gardening. Ask Dr. Hollingshead about the best option for you and your lifestyle.

Learn more about presbyopia-correcting Tecnis® lenses.
Learn more about the AcrySof® Toric lens that corrects astigmatism.

How will I know if I have a cataract?

Cataracts do NOT generally cause pain, discomfort, redness, discharge, or sudden, alarming vision changes that would lead you to seek immediate help. The changes caused by cataracts generally develop so slowly that you won’t notice them until they are serious enough to affect your normal lifestyle.

  • Difficulty driving at night
  • Difficulty seeing distant objects
  • Blurry vision or dim vision
  • Sensitivity to light and glare
  • Halos around lights
  • Dull, washed-out colors

All of these are difficulties commonly associated with cataracts. Only a professional can determine if cataracts are the cause of your symptoms.