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

Oil rig out at sea

He rode a helicopter to Boston, took the train to Washington, and the subway to our office. I examined him and finally found a tiny opacity dangerously near the retina. I didn’t want to do the case, but because of all his travel, I felt a special obligation to help him. It took me 20 minutes to line up the opacity so there were no retinal vessels behind it. I then fired the laser one time. After the one shot I could not find the opacity. There was no retinal hemorrhage. The next day he reported the opacity was gone. He then took the subway to Washington, the train to Boston, and the helicopter back to the oil rig.

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