Hollingshead Eye Center

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


What happens during a cataract procedure?

During the outpatient cataract procedure, our surgeons remove 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.

Cataracts & Astigmatism

By combining limbal relaxing incisions at the time of cataract surgery, your surgeon may also correct astigmatism.

Cataracts & Glaucoma

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 or Dr. Barrett 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.

YAG Capsulotomy

Simple and commonly performed, YAG capsulotomy is a laser treatment used to improve your vision after cataract surgery. During your cataract operation, the cataract clouded lens is removed and replaced by a new intraocular lens that is put inside the lens membrane (called the bag or capsule) in your eye. In a small number of patients, this capsule becomes cloudy after surgery, interfering with the light reaching the back of the eye. Thickening and clouding of the capsule usually occurs about two years after surgery, though it can occur within the first months following. The YAG procedure is the only way to treat this.Your eye surgeon will use a special lens to apply a laser beam to the capsule creating a tiny hole in the center to let light through. 

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.