Laser Cataract Surgery

The U-M Kellogg Eye Center is pleased to offer patients a new option in cataract surgery. It is the laser cataract surgery system, which offers exceptional precision and accuracy.

Kellogg surgeons will continue to offer patients traditional cataract surgery but also wish to offer interested patients the newest technology for removing cataracts. 

What are the key benefits of laser cataract surgery?

  • Precise mapping — Before surgery, the new cataract laser system allows your surgeon to create a 3D map of your eye, which results in exceptionally precise measurements for each step of surgery.
  • Laser precision — In the first step of cataract surgery, the laser is used to create the opening in the lens capsule that holds the cataract. The laser makes this opening as circular as possible, which allows for precise placement of the new lens. The laser can also be used to make specialized incisions to correct astigmatism.
  • Gentle approach — The new laser system is also used to soften the cataract and break it into very small pieces, which allows for gentler, easier cataract removal. As in traditional cataract surgery, patients choose a replacement lens that meets their vision needs.

What are the options for the replacement lens?

After the cataract has been removed, your surgeon will replace it with a new lens, which is called an intraocular lens implant or IOL. Your surgeon will discuss the options for a replacement lens so you can make the best choice for your lifestyle.

What will happen during and after surgery?

Cataract surgery takes about 30 minutes from start to finish and the laser portion takes just a few minutes. After surgery, patients will have very few restrictions and can resume most daily activities. However, patients should not lift heavy objects or engage in strenuous exercise for at least one week.

Does insurance cover this new surgery option?

Insurance typically covers the cost of traditional cataract surgery but does not cover the costs associated with the new laser procedure.

To Learn More 

Kellogg surgeons and staff are available to speak with patients to determine if this new surgical option is right for them and to review the overall risks of cataract surgery. Call 734-764-4190 or email lasercataract@umich.edu. To learn more about laser cataract surgery, review our FAQs and download the Laser Cataract Surgery brochure.

*Kellogg uses the Catalys Precision Laser System, which was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2011.