My mother is 80 years old.
She had cataract surgery on her right eye in December 2019. In addition to the cataract, she also had glaucoma and pseudoexfoliation syndrome (PXF) in that right eye.
She had follow-up visits 24 hours after the surgery and 4 weeks after the surgery. Both visits were conducted by an optometrist who worked in partnership with the ophthalmologist who had done the surgery. The ophthalmologist himself was not in the office during these follow-up visits.
At the second follow-up visit, my mother complained that her vision in the right eye was blurry.
Her third follow-up visit was supposed to happen in March 2020, and that visit was going to be conducted by the ophthalmologist himself. However, because of COVID-19, the medical practice decided to push (all visits considered by the medical practice to be non-emergency visits) forward by a few months. So, my mother finally saw the ophthalmologist in June 2020, 6 months after the original surgery.
The ophthalmologist examined my mother, said that there was a film behind the new lens, and said that my mother would need a YAG laser capsulotomy.
A second ophthalmologist examined my mother, and confirmed that she would need the YAG laser capsulotomy.
I'm trying to understand exactly what this laser procedure will do. I understand that he posterior capsule that holds her new lens is very cloudy. One brochure for the YAG laser capsulotomy states, that only a small portion of the cloudy posterior capsule will be removed by the laser. However, some online information seems to imply that the entire cloudy posterior capsule will be removed.
So, how much of the cloudy posterior capsule will be removed?
Thanks for any info.