For much of my practice I assumed that Weiss Ring floaters should be capitalized as if they were eponymously named after the first doctor to describe them, probably some Austrian, German, or Swiss eye doctor in the 19th century. I am probably wrong. The German word ‘weiss’ simply translates to “white” in English. Weiss ring may simply be descriptive.
I recently received a follow-up email message from a floater sufferer trying to do his research and due diligence prior to any treatment with me or anyone else. The message was full questions and concerns which are common especially after the floater sufferer has spoken to their local eye care provider, be it general ophthalmologist or retina specialist.
I have commented elsewhere on some of the challenges of treatment on patients who have already had cataract surgery with artificial lenses: The artificial lenses have a smaller aperture which can sometimes limit my view, and more importantly limit the amount of energy from the laser that can be delivered. Increased difficulty does not equate with increased risk to the eye,
I receive many, many email messages through this web site from eye floater-sufferers from all walk and from ages and from allover the world. As they are doing their research they may have stumbled onto this and other web sites – some of which are purely educational, and some, like my medical practice that may actually offer some relief from the unrelenting annoyance and distraction caused by these vitreous eye floaters.
Mostly it is aging. Aging doesn’t explain all circumstances as I do have many younger patients also suffering from eye floaters.
The reality is that it is not a well-studied topic as mostly the standard-of-care expectation for doctors is simply to check the retina and reassure the floater-sufferer that everything is OK. The vast majority of my patients are over the age of 45-50 and are otherwise healthy.
Occasionally I am asked about how long a treatment lasts or some similar sentiment. As with any fair answer to a medical question, it should begin with “It depends…”
Everyone who has sat in the exam chair in my office comes to me with a unique sets of variables: Different types of floasters,
A patient recently sent me a link to an old (2007) piece from consumeraffairs.com written by Mark Huffman, who from his bio usually reports on matters of real estate, gas prices and the economy. From the article ( https://www.consumeraffairs.com/news04/2007/09/floaters.html ):
The AP enthusiastically reported on a controversial laser procedure practiced by a Northern Virginia eye surgeon,
I’ve had a few recent email queries from floater-sufferings with some concurrent retinal issues: peripheral degenerations, peripheral retinal holes (possibly lasered and treated or left to ‘probably’ heal on its own, retinal edema or swelling, macular hole, macular degeneration, etc.)
In addition to recent or active conditions, there may be a history of now healed and generally stable retinal issues like previously lasered retinal holes and tears,
Occasionally I am asked the above question. I have already addressed the risks of laser vitreolysis elsewhere in the web site which answer most of the questions people will have about risks. What appears to be a simple question: “What’s the worst thing that can happen?” is a reasonable one, but not simply answered.