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The normal lens of the eye is like a grape, having an outer skin and an inner gel-like material.  When a cataract forms, the material inside the lens turns cloudy and interferes with good vision.  Cataract surgery removes the cloudy lens and replaces it with an intraocular implant.  During cataract surgery the fine skin of the lens is left in place to support the intraocular lens implant.  In some cases, through a normal process of cell regeneration this capsule may turn cloudy. When this clouding develops, the YAG laser can be used to create a clear path for light to enter the eye.  Vision can be restored quickly and painlessly with an outpatient laser procedure. The development of lasers and their use in medicine has revolutionized the way many eye diseases are treated.  With lasers, sight loss can be stabilized more effectively and safely than was ever before possible with conventional surgical instruments.  In some cases, this sight saving tool can also be used to restore previously lost vision.  Not only are lasers an effective means of treatment, but they have also reduced the time, cost and complexity of many procedures. The YAG laser produces infrared light impulses which create tiny openings in the targeted tissue through photo disruption.  These short bursts of energy are used to treat the cloudy capsule and the iris, and some retinal problems in the back of the eye. The procedure used to clear this cloudy capsule is called a posterior capsulotomy.  YAG laser treatment offers the patient many benefits over traditional surgical procedures including pain free and no risk of infection.

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