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You might want to get an evaluation for laser treatment of floaters in your city so you can learn with 90% certainty whether or not you are a candidate without coming here. See your eye doctor. Most doctors have not heard of the procedure, so even if you meet the criterion, you might expect the doctor to discourage you from having the procedure. The most important findings from that examination are that the doctor can readily see your floaters, that they are not real close to the lens or retina, and that hopefully a vitreous detachment is present. If your doctor can't find the floaters, perhaps I won't be able to find them either, so the trip here would not be fruitful. Of course I would have to defer final judgment until my examination. Print this page out, cut it off at the horizontal line, and take the bottom part with you when you see the ophthalmologist. You might also want to print out the photographs on the Case Photographs page of this web site and show them to the doctor.

Would you please evaluate this patient as to whether they may be a candidate for laser disruption of their vitreous floaters using our criterion below. We can usually clear the vitreous of fairly large floaters, including Weiss rings. (I usually use the direct ophthalmoscope, holding it about 6 inches from the eye, and focus just behind the lens of the patient. With a well dilated pupil, have the patient look to the sides and back to the center looking for the floaters. Then do the same, moving the focus toward the retina.)

You, the doctor, can readily see the floaters.
The floaters are not especially close to the lens or retina.
There is a vitreous detachment (a helpful but not necessary finding).
The patient is bothered by the floaters.
They have had the floaters at least two months with no real improvement.
(Both single and multiple floaters can typically be treated successfully.)

Have floaters far out of the central visual axis.
Their floaters are from asteroid hyalosis or vitreous hemorrhage.
Have unreasonable psychological symptoms attached to their floaters.

John Karickhoff, M.D.
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Falls Church, VA 22046