These eleven most interesting cases tell of the informal side of laser treatment of floaters. It gives valuable patient encounters and tells how even the unexpected can lead to research and ways to improve innovation and perfect this procedure.

(A main advantage of laser treatment of eye floaters is its safety.)

Most of our eye floater patients come from out of town via the web site and most e-mail me a time or two before coming.

A man came from western Virginia who had a very large cloud type floater that was suspended by only one strand...

A music professor presented with vitreous floaters so striking that they were chosen for the front cover of my book.

For better or for worse, after gaining significant experience, one starts to do the more difficult cases.

In 1990 a carpenter complained of something blocking the vision of his right eye. Examination revealed a long floater tightly suspended across his central vision by a thin vitreous strand coming from 12 o’clock. The logical approach would be to cut the suspending strand.

He was 58 years old, at the peak of his career, nationally known, and served on the American Board of his dental sub-specialty. But…he could not see to operate!

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.

A geophysicist stationed on an oil rig 200 miles out in the Atlantic Ocean found our web site via a satellite hookup.

This patient said his floaters were multiple, tiny, moving specks in both eyes. A thorough examination was done and no floaters were found.

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