I recently received an email from a young floater sufferer from Jordan who asked me what I thought about the latest research from Houston where they are using a magnetic probe to treat eye floaters. Honestly, I had never heard about it and so I did what any physician does first to look for published research or research proposals, I went to Google then went to the legitimate medical information channels.
What I found is that this research does not exist. Nor should it as it makes absolutely no sense. The vitreous fluid consists mostly of water (99.9% in fact) and the remaining material are collagen proteins and hyaluronic acid. Not much else. There is nothing metallic present that would be attracted to a magnetic probe. I did find the only reference on an eye floater dis-information website which shall not be named here. The text went like this:
“The first is being researched in Houston, Texas and involves inserting a fine needle into each eye. With a very slight magnetic attraction, the eye floaters will slowly move towards the needle. After a few minutes, the eye floaters will supposedly leave the field of vision never to be seen again. Although this method sounds like a good idea, it has some complications and possible risks. Obviously not only floaters will move towards the needle, but pretty much all the eye structures as well. This can cause a retinal detachment and other complications. Researchers are trying to find a way to attract floaters without damaging the rest of the eye.”
A few thoughts on this particular paragraph: There are no references. Floaters are not magnetic, and so they would not move toward the needle, and I have no idea why other eye structureswould move towards a magnet as well.
A quick look further into this particular web site reveals other recommendations such as:
“Gaze at the moon. It’s been said that gazing at the moon does help preserve vision. Even better, it’s rumored that the brain ignores floaters faster if you gaze at the moon for just five minutes every night. What have you got to lose? Try it!”
All throughout this website there are all kinds of crazy and irresponsible statements and recommendations. More disturbing are the many, many comments from readers who seem to accept these statements without any critical thinking. It does take some looking around, but there are scattered about links to the actual ‘product’ they are trying to sell, some kind of system which purports to help you ‘get used to them’.
If you find yourself at Google/Bing/ or other search engine looking for “Treatment for eye floaters”, Eye floater cure”, Flashes and floaters”, or any other similar search terms, you may find yourself at this or similar web sites saying anything and selling nothing of value.
In the floater treatment business, it is quite possible to take advantage of the desperation, depression, and despondency often associated with the persistent, unrelenting moving shadows in your vision. When doing your due diligence in looking for a solution to your problem, please remember the words of Prof. Walter Kotschnig, who in 1940 told Holyoke College students to “keep you minds open—but not so open that your brains fall out.”
Look at the sources. Are there references?
Look at who is publishing the website? Is there a real person?, someone accountable? What are their credentials?
Look at what their real purpose is. Are they selling something.
Dr. James H. Johnson is a real ophthalmologist and licensed by the State of California. This web site is not a ploy. We are promoting specialty professional services that are not widely available. We are upfront about what we offer, our fees and insurance policies, expectations, risks, and much much more. We can not promise that you are even a candidate for treatment without an in-person exam which may necessitate additional travel and lodging expenses. We never promised this was easy.
But, Dr. Johnson has dedicated his practice and professional career to helping floater sufferers. He could not (and would not) be able to do this if the procedure did not work safely and successfully for most of the patients and with a high level of satisfaction. There probably is no harm in buying the $80 vitamins, or the $17 eBook, or even gazing at the moon for that matter if you want to try that first. I would not plan on waiting around until the magnetic probe is available, though. -Dr. Johnson