Weanling rabbit eyes were exposed in vivo to the beam of an ultraviolet laser. Anterior subcapsular and cortical cataracts were consistently and rapidly produced at the power levels employed. The changes in the intervening cornea were grossly reversible, while those in the lens were not. Localized cortical cataracts produced by an ultraviolet laser have persisted for over 2 years. Maturation of the cataract has not yet been observed. The available evidence supports the belief that the damage is produced photochemically within the absorbing cells.

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