For better or for worse, after gaining significant experience, one starts to do the more difficult cases.
I was asked to do a case with seven strikes against me. The patient (1) had
had radial keratotomy (which places incisions in the cornea), (2) had glaucoma, (3) had reduced dilation, (4) the
floater was located 3/4's of the way to the retina, (5) his wife was against
having the procedure done, (6) he was a physician, and (7) he had come from out of
state. I thought I could help him, so
the case was done, without complication. I looked forward to examining him the next morning.
He returned the next morning and happily reported that the floater was gone. However, my postoperative examination was never done because
during his dilation his wife pulled him out of the office, saying she had to
get to New York to shop!