A young man, about 18 years old,
accompanied by his mother, described his floater in great detail. The opacity was so small that it required the
direct and indirect scopes, a contact lens at the slit lamp, and finally the
optics of the laser to see it.
I explained that the floater was tiny, too near the retina for treatment, and gave him reassurance that
he would be all right.
Here is the
conversation that followed:
Patient: “Have you heard how they dissolve these opacities
at the University of Idaho?”
Dr. K.: “Yes, but they are dissolving hemorrhage, not floaters."
Patient: “Can you take out all my vitreous and filter it and
put it back inside my eye?” (His mother threw
up her hands.)
Dr. K.: “That could probably be done, but the risks are
Patient: “Can you introduce a bacteria into my eye that
would eat the floater?”
Dr. K.: “That would
probably destroy your vision.”
Patient: “Well then,
could you just spin me in a centrifuge and move the floater to the side of the
Dr. K.: "I don't have the equipment, but maybe NASA could do that for you."