We are often asked by floater sufferers all the world over if we are aware of anyone closer to them that treats eye floaters. The short answer is ‘probably not’. Throughout the world there are just a few of us experienced in treating eye floaters. At least one laser manufacturer is now marketing one of their YAG lasers as a ‘floater treatment laser’ and I am hearing more and more anecdotes of ophthalmologists starting to treat some of their own patients’ floaters. We offer some comments and observations:
1. To be competent in treating floaters, it takes tens and tens of thousands of laser bursts worth of experience. To get good, it may take closer to 100,000. The floater doctor is on his fourth laser with over 4 million cumulative laser shots performed since 2007.
2. We have treated patients seen and sometimes previously treated by other experienced laser treatment specialists and we have concluded that there are significant enough differences in our practices, our styles, our approaches, our business models, our lasers, our personalities, and the amount of time The Floater Doctor spends with his patients.
As such, we do not believe the treatment of eye floaters is easy, easily learned, or equivalent even among the few doctors who have been treating floaters for years. With very few exceptions we do not recommend other doctors for the treatment of eye floaters. -The Floater Doctor