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Laser-assisted vs. traditional surgery

In order to remove your cataract, your natural lens must be removed. Your doctor can access the clouded lens using one of two methods: manual or laser-assisted.

CATALYS™ Precision Laser System Procedure

  • Precision removal
  • Planned with a 3-D blueprint of your eye
  • Incisions made with a laser

Manual procedure

  • Basic removal
  • Planned with measurements of your eye
  • Incisions made with a blade


You and your doctor may decide laser surgery is your best treatment option, considering the specific condition of your cataracts. With laser-assisted cataract surgery, your surgeon uses the laser to create a tiny incision in your eye to soften and break up the cataract. Next, your surgeon will suction out the cataract pieces and insert your new IOL. 



Visual of the eye showing how an intraocular lens (IOL) replaces the natural lens during cataract surgery

Laser Cataract Surgery Video for Patients

Laser cataract surgery video for patients

Learn about advanced laser cataract surgery. Catalys laser system delivers a fully personalized, precise, and gentle approach to your procedure.

What to expect on surgery day

What to expect on surgery day

Learn more about the four steps to cataract-free vision.

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Choosing the lens for your lifestyle

There are a variety of eye lenses designed for different conditions and lifestyles, and each is built to help keep your vision clear and sharp over time. 

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Take the lens lifestyle quiz

Download this questionnaire to help you understand what’s most important in your vision needs so you can discuss with your doctor.

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