The eye’s lens is mostly made up of water and protein, but as we age, some of that protein in the lens begins to clump together, resulting in cloudy patches of vision. This is called a cataract. As the cataract grows, vision worsens. As many as half our population has cataracts by age 60. Cataracts usually develop slowly and are painless, though the symptoms are troubling, ultimately leading to blindness if not removed. Symptoms include:
- Blurred, foggy or cloudy vision; a sense of film over your eyes
- Blues and greens seem faded
- Difficulty reading small print
- Double vision
- Seeing halos around lights at night
The exact cause of cataracts is unknown, but in adults, it is usually due to aging, exposure to sunlight; and could also be affected by smoking, improper nutrition, systemic diseases, injury to the eye or certain medications. There is no known treatment to reverse cataracts, but some studies suggest that Vitamin C may delay the progression of cataracts.
Poor vision is not an inevitable part of aging. New techniques in treating cataracts now allow removal as soon as they interfere with your activities. Cataract surgery is a simple and relatively painless procedure that is done on an out-patient basis. With so many people affected, especially in sunny climates, cataract removal is the most frequently performed surgery in the U.S. In the hands of a skilled and experienced surgeon like Dr. Jenkins, cataract surgery is safe and highly successful. In fact, nine out of ten patients who have cataract surgery regain between 20/20 and 20/40 vision. Dr. Jenkins is a part of a out-patient surgical center, The Surgical Suites, which is solely dedicated to eye surgeries.
Dr. Jenkins performs the latest “no-stitch, topical” cataract surgery, called phacoemulsification. For this procedure, a small incision is made in the affected lens so that a tiny ultrasonic probe can be inserted to break up the cataract. The same probe easily removes the broken pieces of cataract protein, and an artificial lens (IOL) is then inserted to replace the clouded lens. The incision is self-sealing when the probe is removed.
We offer several different types of implants, and you can take our IOL Questionnaire and view IOL Choices to decide which type of implant is best for you.
Dr. Jenkins was also the first to do laser assisted cataract surgery in Hawaii. This new technology allows for even more precise surgical results. See “Laser Cataract Surgery with LenSx”
If you have other questions, or would like to have a Cataract Surgery consultation, please contact Jenkins Eye Care at (808) 591-9911 or click here to request an appointment time.