Eye Treatment Honolulu, HI

What’s the Difference Between a Stye and Pink Eye?

Eye Treatment Honolulu, HIWith flu season estimated going extra long this year (through May) the last thing you want to have on your mind is contracting another virus or infection. However, during this time of year, more and more people contract eye infections like styes and pink eye. But what are these two bacterial infections and how can they be treated? Let’s take a closer look.

Pink Eye (conjunctivitis)

There are three types of pink eye: viral, bacterial, and allergic. The most common symptoms of pink eye are redness, swelling, itchiness, fluid build up, and pus around the eyes. One of the most common forms of pinkeye is viral which is very contagious but should clear up on its own. If you get the bacterial pink eye, make sure that you are seen by a primary care physician or eye doctor because if it is left untreated, it can cause eye damage.


Typically, styes are superficial and look like a pimple across the lash line. And although styes can be contagious, they aren’t nearly as infectious as bacterial conjunctivitis. If you have a stye, one of the best things you can do is to place a warm compress over it for about 10-15 minutes and repeat this multiple times a day until it goes away. If your stye gets worse or becomes painful, schedule an eye appointment.

If you have started to experience red, swollen, and itchy eyes, keep a close eye on them (literally) because they might be the result of a bacterial infection. Luckily, if you have either pink eye or a stye, they are both easily treatable.

To learn more about your vision health, contact our Honolulu office today at 808.955.3937.

Lasik Eye Surgery Honolulu HI

Love At First Sight: Why You Should Give LASIK for Valentine’s This Year

Lasik Eye Surgery Honolulu HIYes, you can go to just about any grocery store or supercenter and pick up a box of chocolates and a dozen red roses to surprise your Valentine with on the 14th, or you can go all out and give them something that won’t put you anywhere near the doghouse. Give your significant other the gift of sight— or love at first sight— with LASIK from Dr. Jeffrey Maehara. Here’s why.

  • It Frees Up Time

If your loved one has to wear contacts, you know that putting them in and taking them out— especially if they suffer from things like dry eye disease— can be a real time suck. With LASIK, you aren’t only giving them the gift of better vision, but you are also giving them the gift of more time in the morning and at night.

  • It Helps Them See Clearly

Okay, so maybe you don’t want your significant other to see your face more clearly because they may notice all of your imperfections, but with LASIK, they can see everything in their life more clearly. That book in front of them? You bet. That stop sign a few blocks away? Yep! Oh, and being able to put on things like makeup without glasses? They never thought that would happen!

  • It  Alleviates Frustration

Everyone who wears contacts, glasses, or both has experienced more than a few days feeling frustrated. Losing glasses, having dirty glasses, irritated eyes because of your contact lenses— these are just a few of the things that can make glasses and contact lens wearers feel beyond frustrated.

  • It’s Easy

The last thing you want to give your significant other on Valentine’s day is a surgical procedure that takes a few hours and requires days of recovery— that’s just mean. With LASIK, the procedure itself just takes about 10 minutes per eye and recovery is non-existent. Although they will have to wear some protective glasses for a day or two and apply eye drops, there isn’t much else involved in the form of recovery.

Ready to make yourself the best Valentine’s Day gift giver ever? Call us today at 808.955.3937

Eye Exam Honolulu, HI

3 Resolutions to See Better in 2018

Eye Exam Honolulu, HIRefusing to eat sugar and trying to burn 3,000 calories five days a week are a few resolutions that are likely going to last a solid week— at most. Rather than following the crowd and setting a few resolutions that are not only unattainable but ones that won’t last, set your resolutions apart from the crowd this year and set a few resolutions that will help you see better in 2018.

Wear Sunglasses Every Time You’re Outside

Even if it’s cloudy outside, that Hawaii sun can still wreak some serious damage on your vision. Shield your eyes from the sun’s harsh rays all year long and make sure that you don’t leave the house without some UVA and UVB protected sunglasses. Try keeping a pair in your car, bag, and anywhere else so that you always have a pair of sunglasses on hand.

Eat Better

Eating better isn’t just good for your blood sugar and waistline, eating better is also good for your eyesight. Eating foods that are rich in antioxidants like leafy greens are one of the best ways to shield our eyes from macular degeneration. Additionally, eating foods that are high in omega-3 fatty acids like salmon are good at keeping your eyes lubricated and preventing you from developing a chronic dry eye.

Get An Eye Exam

Can you remember the last time that you got a professional eye exam from Dr. Jeffrey Maehara? Depending on your age, genetics, and overall health of your eyes, it’s recommended that you get an eye exam around every 1-3 years on average. If you are past that timeframe, contact our office and schedule your next eye exam with Dr. Jeffrey Maehara today!

Want to see better and clearer in 2018? Try adding these three resolutions to your list. To learn more about how you can take better care of your eyes, schedule an appointment at one of our offices today!

LASIK Eye Surgery Honolulu, HI

How to Enjoy Your Turkey Bowl Game after Having Lasik

LASIK Eye Surgery Honolulu, HIThanksgiving is just around the corner which means that if you are going to get your game face on and ready before the big day, you need to make sure that you can stare your uncle Scott and big brother in the eyes before kicking their trash at your family’s annual turkey bowl. Luckily, with the help of Dr. Jeffrey Maehara and Lasik, you can enhance your vision so that you can score your teams winning touchdown.

As a common eye surgery, Lasik involves pulling back the corneal flap and then reshaping some of the eye tissues underneath. For you to fully recover from Lasik before the holiday, Dr. Jeffrey Maehara may recommend the following.

Schedule Enough Time

On average, Lasik takes a full week or two for patients to recover fully— which means that you will need to get it done around the beginning or middle of this month.

Wear Protective Eyewear

Even though your siblings may mock you for wearing protective eyewear during your famous family turkey bowl game, make sure that you make your eyes your number one priority. Taking an elbow to the eye or getting your cornea accidentally scratched after a rough play is not anything worth risking. Go to your local sports retailer and pick up a pair of sports goggles or glasses.

Keep Them Lubricated

For months after your Lasik surgery, Dr. Jeffrey Maehara will encourage you to keep your eyes moist and lubricated. Just because it’s the holiday and you’re busy, make an effort to use eyedrops— this will prevent them from drying out and becoming uncomfortable.

You shouldn’t have to miss out on your Thanksgiving football game just because you recently got Lasik. However, it’s important that you continue to take care of your vision— even during the holidays.

Schedule your Lasik consultation at our office today!

Cataract Surgery Honolulu, HI

Good Candidate for Phacoemulsification?

Cataract Surgery Honolulu, HIYou may enjoy having a cloudy fall day to take in the changing leaves and weather around you, but the last thing you likely want is a clouding of your vision. As a disease that affects over 24 millions Americans, cataracts is an eye disease that causes a clouding of the lens which makes it difficult for light to properly enter the eye. Luckily, cataracts can be treated with a variety of different methods including a surgical procedure called phacoemulsification.

What Is Phacoemulsification?

During a phacoemulsification surgery, an ultrasonic handpiece will be used to sculpt and emulsify the cataract while a pump simultaneously aspirates particles through the tip of the device. During this procedure, the cataract is typically broken into several pieces and then gently removed. After the cataract has been withdrawn, an intraocular lens implant will be placed into the lens capsule which will help to restore vision.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Phacoemulsification?

Depending on the severity of your cataracts and with the proper diagnosis and examination, Dr. Jeffrey Maehara will determine whether or not you’re a good candidate for this procedure.

Is Phacoemulsification Surgery Painful?

To ensure that you stay comfortable during your phacoemulsification surgery, we will apply a topical anesthetic to your eye which will help to alleviate any discomfort. Depending on your specific scenario, we may also administer some drugs intravenously. If you are worried about feeling anxious during this procedure, Dr. Maehara may be able to give you something to relax your nerves and help you feel better.

What Are the Benefits of Phacoemulsification?

The use of a smaller incision, make phacoemulsification extremely popular because it reduces the likelihood of further eye complications. Additionally, phacoemulsification is popular because it can be done without hospitalization or a lengthy recovery.

If you would like to learn more about phacoemulsification or other cataract removal procedures, contact Jeffrey Maehara today!

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Can Your Eyes Get Sunburned?

ete services Honolulu, HILooking like a tomato next to a group of your tanned friends likely isn’t something you want to turn into your next Facebook profile pic. However, as a real part of life— especially in the summer— if you don’t wear sunscreen, you are more likely to resemble that red fruit more than anything else. And although it’s important to keep your skin covered and protected during the summer, did you know that your eyes need the same treatment as well? To help you better understand sunburned eyes, this article will discuss the symptoms, care instructions, and preventative measures to take. Read on to learn more.

What Are the Symptoms?

When you have sunburned shoulders, you know that they can be hot to the touch, sensitive, itch, and sting. However, when you have sunburned eyes, you may not know what symptoms to be aware of. Symptoms include:

  • Eye Pain
  • Headaches
  • Watery Eyes
  • Light Sensitivity
  • Red or Bloodshot Eyes
  • Burning Eyes
  • Blurred Vision
  • Halos

How to Treat Sunburned Eyes?

Just like with sunburned skin, your sunburned eyes will naturally heal themselves within a few days. To help them feel better in the meantime, try using some anti-inflammatory eyedrops during the day and then place a cold, damp washcloth over your eyes at night. If your symptoms get worse or persist, contact Dr. Jeffrey Maehara and schedule an appointment.

How to Prevent Sunburned Eyes?

The most obvious and most effective way to prevent sunburned eyes is to wear sunglasses that have both UVA and UVB protection. Additionally, we encourage our patients to wear a hat when they are spending a lot of time out in the sun— the additional layer, will only benefit you in the long-term.

Before you head to the beach or pool this summer, make sure to grab the proper protective eyewear and a hat so that you don’t get sunburned eyes. To learn more about how you can take better care of your eyes, contact Dr. Jeffrey Maehara today!

DSAEK Honolulu, HI

Understanding DSAEK Corneal Transplant Surgery

DSAEK Honolulu, HIIn a world of LOL’s and OMG’s, it can be hard to identify every acronym you come into contact with. If, however, you are going to know one acronym in the eye industry, consider DSAEK. DSAEK corneal transplant surgery stands for Descemet-Stripping Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty. So, what is this unique form of surgery and why is it popular amongst our patients here at Dr. Jeffrey Maehara’s office? Read on to learn more.

First Things First

To fully understand a DSAEK corneal transplant, it’s important to know what a corneal transplant surgery is and why it is used. If you are a patient who has either advanced glaucoma or cataracts, then a corneal transplant surgery may be able to help save your vision. By getting rid of part of your cornea and implanting new corneal tissues from a donor, this type of surgery is a real vision saver.

What Is DSAEK Corneal Transplant Surgery?

The unique benefit of DSAEK corneal transplant surgery is that it gives patients almost immediately clearer postoperative vision with a lower recovery time; meaning that you can get back to living life and see things more clearly immediately afterward.

What Is Surgery Like?

During this surgery, Dr. Jeffrey Maehara will make a mark on the surface of your cornea with a small instrument called a trephine— the mark is there to help the surgeon measure the right size for the transplant and outline the part of the cornea that needs to be peeled back. Once this mark has been made, the damaged section of the cornea will be removed, and the donor cornea will be then placed into the eye. With just a single stitch, your cornea will be closed, and your surgery will be done.

What Is Recovery Like?

After waiting in our office for an hour or two to be monitored by our staff, you will be sent home to rest and recover. Recovery from this type of surgery just takes a few days, but you should be able to return to your normal activities in no longer than a couple of days.

DSAEK corneal transplant surgery is a unique surgery designed to help restore patients vision. If you would like to learn more about this and other types of surgical procedures that we offer at our office, contact Dr. Jeffrey Maehara today!

Under Pressure: How to Treat Glaucoma With SLT

glaucomaGlaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States. By placing a high amount of pressure on your eyes, glaucoma can cause obscured vision and even blindness if left untreated. Luckily, Dr. Jeffrey Maehara has a variety of different treatment options for glaucoma. As one of the options that he likes to use most, Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty or SLT, targets specific eye cells to increase the fluid in your eye and reduce the pressure. Read on to learn more about SLT and whether or not it’s a viable option for you.

What Is SLT?

As previously mentioned, SLT targets eye cells to increase the fluid in your eye while simultaneously releasing pressure. Specifically, Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty’s unique laser system targets cells containing melanin, a natural pigment found in the eye.

What Is Recovery Like?

With any procedure, one of the scariest parts for a patient to think about is the recovery. Because SLT is a non-invasive, pain-free surgical procedure, the recovery should be fast and easy. During your recovery and depending on how your surgery has gone, you may be treated with anti-inflammatory eye drops.

What Are Results Like?

One of the best parts about SLT is that your eye pressure can drop in just a day or two following the procedure— leaving you with real results in virtually no time at all. Additionally, not only are your results fast, but they should also last. Although more pressure can build up in your eyes, it’s not as likely to occur when it’s taken care of early on.

Having glaucoma isn’t something you want to brag about. By causing pressure in your eyes, if left untreated, glaucoma can cause permanent eye damage. And, the worst part about glaucoma is that there isn’t a cure for it yet. Luckily, with treatments like SLT, you can prevent the symptoms from getting worse. If you would like to learn more about SLT or other treatments, contact Dr. Jeffrey Maehara today!

Ingredients to Look For in Eye Cream

good eyesight Having good eyes isn’t just about having good vision. In fact, having good eyes includes taking care of the skin around them as well. As one of the most sensitive parts of your face, the skin under and around your eyes often gets neglected— leaving patients with dryness and more visible fine lines and wrinkles. One of the best and easiest ways to protect this sensitive skin is to use an eye cream both morning and night. However, with so many different options available at drugstores and department stores, it can seem a bit overwhelming. To help you find an eye cream that will do your eyes wonders, look for one that contains these ingredients. Read on to learn more.


Derived from Vitamin A, Retinol helps with cell turnover and collagen production— helping you to get rid of fine lines and wrinkles, sun damage, and dryness. When using any creams that contain retinol, make sure to limit your sun exposure because it can make your skin increasingly sensitive and prone to sunburns. Additionally, not every patient is a good candidate for using retinol based eye creams because they can make your eyes water, itch, or burn. If you notice any of these symptoms, stop using the eye cream immediately and consider scheduling an eye appointment with Dr. Jeffrey Maehara.

Vitamin E

As previously mentioned, the skin around and under your eyes are very sensitive. When choosing an eye cream to support this skin, look for one that contains Vitamin E. As a naturally derived substance, Vitamin E works to soothe and soften the skin around your eyes. So, if you are feeling a bit more tired or if you are experiencing dryness, consider Vitamin E to be your best friend.

Hyaluronic Acids

If your number one goal in using an eye cream is to protect and get rid of fine lines and wrinkles, make sure that you use one that has hyaluronic acids in it. As an all-natural chemical found in your body, hyaluronic acids are a safe way to speed up your body’s production of collagen.

Having good eyesight should be your number one concern when it comes to your eyes, but the skin around them should be your second. By using an eye cream that contains the ingredients listed above, you can have smoother, younger looking skin. To learn more about your eye and vision health, contact Dr. Jeffrey Maehara’s office today!



How to Shield Your Eyes and Skin from the Sun Even In the Winter

winter eye care honolulu, hiWhen you think of wearing sunscreen and sunglasses, visions of the beach or a hot summer’s day likely come to mind. However, even though we are in the dead of winter, you still need to be wearing the proper protective gear to shield both your skin and your eyes. Whether you’re planning your next ski vacation or you’re gearing up to head outside into another cold day, this article will discuss a few of the ways you can protect yourself from the sun during this cold season.


Going to the beach without wearing sunglasses is going to likely give you a headache and make you say, “Doh!” But going outside in the snow without wearing sunglasses or protective eyewear is likely something that you do on a consistent basis. Did you know that by not wearing the proper eyewear, you can cause permanent eye damage? When the sun reflects off of things like the snow, it can cause your strain and damage to your eyes.


You may think that sunscreen is only important to use when you are exposing a lot of your skin on a really hot summer day. However, you should be wearing at least an SPF 15 on your face and hands every day. Did you know that you can get sun damage on your skin even when you are driving? By wearing sunscreen, however, you are adding that extra shield to protect your skin from the sun’s harsh rays.

A Hat

Luckily for you, hats for both men and women are in style this season. As one of the best ways to protect both your skin and your eyes, wearing a hat when you are outside or in the car will help prevent you from developing sun damage. When shopping for a hat, remember that the larger the brim is, the more of your face and body it will shield.

Taking care of your skin and eyes isn’t just something you need to do in the summer. By wearing the proper eyewear, sunscreen, and maybe even grabbing a hat, you can help prevent against getting a permanent skin or eye damage. To learn more about how you can shield yourself while outside, contact Dr. Jeffrey Maehara’s office today!