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Cataract Surgery
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At EyeSight Hawaii in Honolulu, HI and Maui, HI, our surgeons use state-of-the-art machines and premium lenses for laser cataract treatments.

Cataract surgery is a common surgical procedure that involves removing the cloudy natural lens of a person’s eye that limits the patient’s range of vision and replacing it with an artificial one for improved vision.

The CATALYS laser procedure allows surgeons to safely remove and replace the cloudy lens in your eye. We use a premium multifocal intraocular lens (IOL) along with the most advanced technology to ensure great results for our patients, allowing them to see far and near without glasses.

This procedure improves on traditional cataract surgery.
This procedure improves traditional cataract surgery.

What is the CATALYS Laser Cataract Procedure?

As we age, the proteins and fibers of the eye begin to break down, causing hazy or cloudy vision. This is a common condition affecting the lenses of the eyes that is known as cataracts. 

Many people don’t notice a significant difference in their vision at first. They use glasses, bright lights, or magnifying lenses to make up for the changes in their vision. Eventually, however, this gradual loss of vision can dramatically reduce their quality of life by limiting their activities.

The Premium Laser Cataract procedure is a form of cataract surgery that uses the CATALYS laser and premium IOLs to ensure accuracy and comfort. This procedure improves on traditional cataract surgery in several ways:

  • Makes corneal incisions with remarkable precision
  • Softens the cataract to remove it more easily
  • Replaces the tissue with an artificial lens more quickly and easily 
  • Premium, multifocal lenses provide improved vision for BOTH far and near vision decreasing the need for any glasses.

Overall, the Premium Laser Cataract procedure with premium IOLs is a faster and more precise form of cataract surgery than traditional methods.


Benefits of Premium Laser Cataract Surgery

If you have cataracts, you may notice a steady decline in your quality of life as your vision becomes progressively clouded. You might stop doing the things that you love, like reading or driving, without even realizing you are doing so. 

Patients who receive cataract surgery regularly report an increase in their quality of life as they take up old hobbies and get back to doing what they love without considering how their vision will affect it. For the majority of patients, the benefits of cataract surgery far outweigh the risks. 

Since many of those affected by cataracts are seniors and people with “diabetic eye” or other eye diseases, cataract surgery can also reduce the risk of serious injury. The chances of falling and being grievously injured decrease dramatically in patients after cataract surgery. 

Your CATALYS Consultation

The first step in your journey to improved vision at Eyesight Hawaii is your consultation. Your consultation will determine if  you are a good candidate for CATALYS Laser cataract surgery. A CATALYS consultation includes:

  • A refractive and dilated eye exam
  • A discussion of your eligibility for cataract surgery 
  • Information about the benefits and risks of CATALYS with premium IOLs
  • An opportunity to ask questions and address any concerns
Consultations are used to verify whether or not you are a good candidate.
Consultations are used to verify whether or not you are a good candidate.

Preparing for Laser Cataract Surgery

You will be instructed to stop wearing soft contact lenses three days to a week before your surgery. 

Makeup, perfume, cologne, and body spray interfere with the laser and medications used in the procedure. You will be advised not to wear any of these products on the day of your procedure. 

Preparing for laser cataract surgery
Preparing for laser cataract surgery.

The gentle approach of the CATALYS laser can lessen recovery times.
The gentle approach of the CATALYS laser can lessen recovery times.


With the CATALYS laser, cataract surgery is safer and more precise than ever before. Your surgeon will start by making incisions in the cornea. The CATALYS Laser allows the doctor to cut an opening in the lens in the precise shape and location of the cataract. 

Then, they will use the laser to soften the cataract and break it up into smaller, more manageable pieces. The traditional approach uses a combination of surgical instruments and ultrasound to break up the cataract into smaller pieces, which the surgeon then removes. CATALYS allows the surgeon to remove the softened cataract more quickly, using less energy.

The surgeon then replaces the lens with a premium artificial IOL to restore the patient’s vision. The gentle approach of the CATALYS laser can lessen recovery times while the ability to make precise incisions lowers the risk of complications.

Recovering From Cataract Surgery

On the day of the surgery, you will need to ask a family member or friend to drive you to and from your appointment. Your eyes will need time to adjust after the surgery, and for the first few hours, you may notice blurring, wavy vision, or distortions. You will want a pair of dark sunglasses to wear home after surgery and you may want to take two to three days off of work to allow your eyes time to adjust. 

Recovery times for CATALYS cataract surgery will vary from person to person. However, most people notice a difference between 1 and 3 days after surgery. Do not be alarmed, however if your recovery lasts longer. It can take as long as 3 to 10 weeks to receive the full benefits of your surgery–a worthwhile investment for a lifetime of clear vision.

Recovery times for CATALYS cataract surgery will vary from person to person.
Recovery times for CATALYS cataract surgery will vary from person to person.

What Patients Say

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much does CATALYS Laser surgery cost?

Traditional cataract surgery is a well-known medical procedure that is covered by most private insurances and Medicare. However insurance does not cover the upgrades of CATALYS Laser surgery or Multifocal IOL, the average estimated cost for CATALYS Laser eye surgery with premium IOLs is between $3700 and $5000 per eye.

What are the risks of cataract surgery?

Like any surgery, cataract surgery comes with certain risks. One of the most common consequences is posterior capsular opacification (PCO). PCO is where a tissue behind the artificial lens becomes cloudy, making it feel as though your cataract has returned. 

Other possible complications include infection, detachment of the retina, inflammation, swelling, glaucoma, bleeding, and worsening of existing eye conditions.

What are premium multifocal intraocular lenses?

Multifocal intraocular lenses are a type of lens used in cataract surgery. Unlike Monofocal lenses (such as Acrysof IQ), they allow people who have age-related presbyopia to see at multiple distances without needing glasses or contact lenses. The most advanced and highest quality lenses on the market, premium IOLs are known for providing better vision than other types of multifocal intraocular lenses..

Contact Us Today

If you are looking for state-of-the-art laser eye surgery to cure your cataracts, the eye doctors at EyeSight Hawaii in Honolulu, HI, and Maui, HI have the experience and knowledge to help. Make an appointment online or call our office to schedule a consultation today!