Can Someone Closer Treat Me?
Are you sure? Do you want to take that risk? Think about it and choose carefully.
Our practice very often gets requests to help a patient find a laser specialist doctor more local to them. Whether that inquiry comes from the next county, country, or continent over, here are some thoughts and facts we wish for you to consider before choosing an ophthalmologist to treat your vitreous floaters.
We strongly believe that the YAG laser treatment procedure is NOT a commodity procedure.
Your experience and results will differ greatly from one practitioner to another.
With some quick internet searches, you may find a laser manufacturer's website promoting a couple hundred doctors as floater treatment doctors. All that really means is that this practice being promoted has purchased one of their lasers. Every cataract surgeon needs a YAG laser so that's a lot of lasers to sell and a lot of eye doctors being promoted to treat floaters but they may have little or experience treating eye floaters.
With deeper research, you will find that there are just a few of us in the US, and just a few more worldwide (concentrated in Europe) who have real experience performing this very specialized and difficult procedure as a significant part of their practice.
Unfortunately, it is your responsibility to do the research to find the surgeon most likely to achieve the best possible results and outcome. This is no easy or small task. Even among the few of us that do have experience, we still have very different business models, techniques, treatment styles, time available to spend with the patient, fee structures, and personalities. Some of these may quite possibly affect the ultimate outcome and satisfaction with the procedure.
Vitreous Floater Solutions Consulting & Research Group Inc. is the only practice exclusively providing treatment for eye floaters. Ours is NOT a general ophthalmology practice like others. We are completely focused on treating eye floaters.
We are focused on floaters literally and figuratively. Seing 3-5 patients a day allows Dr. Johnson to spend 60-90+ minutes with each patient as needed – at every visit – to give them his full attention and focus.
The reality is that floater treatment can be very technically challenging for the doctor and emotionally challenging for the patient. Difficult location of floaters, previous corneal or refractive procedures, and/or previous cataract surgery with lens implant can add a level of complexity and difficulty to the procedure (more on that...). Patients with these conditions can not simply be treated in an allotted 10-15 minutes. These difficult patients often require a lengthy and undistracted effort for best outcome results.
We believe the time generously spent with the patient is important to our success and reputation. It allows the patients to ask questions and receive in return lengthy, thorough, and honest explanations.
So how does our practice compare to others also offering laser treatment for floaters? Every other practice incorporates their treatment offerings and scheduling within a general ophthalmology medical practice. The overhead of a larger space, several employees, and multiple and expensive diagnostic or therapeutic devices place heavy financial pressure on the practice to see as many patients as possible just to make business overhead expenses. Other practices may appear to squeeze in their floater patients among a waiting room full of patients.
Dr. Johnson has treated patients who have been refused treatment by others because the floater problem was too complex, or were partially treated with unsatisfactory results. We can not recommend other floater treatment specialists as an equivalent practice with the expectation for an equivalent experience and results as compared to those who are treated by The Floater Doctor.