Through over 500 sold copies of his book Laser Treatment of Eye Floaters. Dr. Karickhoff has taught most of the world’s surgeons who are learning this procedure. Ours is the world’s first and only book on this subject. This blog gives timely information on this procedure.

In patient younger than 35 years, tiny floaters near the retina can be almost impossible to find. Eventually, I did develop an invaluable method for finding these small floaters that requires the purchase of no new equipment.

The benefit is the removal or reduction of the floater and the elimination or reduction of symptoms.

Those unfamiliar with this procedure assume that the laser beam is breaking a big floater into many small floaters. This is not the case.

The optics best suited for floater treatment with a YAG laser is: all six beams of the laser and the slit lamp must be made nearly coaxial. The six beams consist of the two aiming beams, the treatment beam, the illuminating beam from the slit lamp, and the two viewing beams. With all beams nearly coaxial the floater can be seen, aimed upon, and treated regardless of how deep the floater is located in the vitreous. If the laser does not have this optical set up, one can treat floaters in the anterior vitreous, but visualization will not be adequate in the mid and posterior vitreous.

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