(If a floater is too close to the retina, it can not be safely treated.)

Eye floater example The back scatter of the laser beam will damage the retina. Early on, such patients were not offered the laser procedure. But that changed because of one patient and what he taught the me.)

A highly intelligent Hollywood movie writer/producer presented with a very large Weiss ring (see photo). Three fourths of this vitreous floater was removed at the first laser session but we had to stop because the floater had moved too close to the retina. The patient was a believer in faith healing and told me he would pray and meditate about the location of his floater that night, and he would move it forward. (This I wanted to see.) He came back the next day and the vitreous floater had moved forward some as they all do after some treatment and 24 hours of random eye movements. I told him that his floater was a bit more forward but not far enough for safe treatment. Then he said he would move the floater more forward right now. (This I really wanted to see.)

So we went to the laser and put the surgical contact on the eye. He would look downward and then rapidly back to the central position. Each time he did this, the vitreous floater came forward, and I was able to get off a shot or two before the floater went back to the former posterior position. Together we got rid of the floater.

Since then, I have successfully used this technique that he taught to me on many patients that otherwise would have been inoperable. The patient and I have become friends and talk occasionally on ham radio. As a gift to me, he did an extraordinary job of personally editing the top video on my website Home Page.

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