Ellex Laser Floater Removal Collection (9 videos)

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Laser Vitreolysis for the Refractive Surgeon

In this video interview, refractive specialist Karl G. Stonecipher, MD (Clinical Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of North Carolina, and Medical Director of TLC Laser Eye Centers in Greensboro, North Carolina) addresses his decision to incorporate laser floater removal into clinical practice. "For many if not most of my refractive surgery colleagues, the idea of treating floaters with a YAG laser was taboo. They felt it was crossing a line, that these were healthy eyes that did not require surgical intervention, and that the risks outweighed any potential benefits. I understood and even shared some of their skepticism, but I really felt that we owed it to our patients to offer them something more than just a sympathetic ear when they explained the negative impact of floaters on their quality of life."

Floater • Laser Floater Removal • Laser Vitreolysis • Vitrectomy • Vitreolysis

Also known as floater laser treatment or laser floater removal, laser vitreolysis is a highly effective outpatient-based procedure that can eliminate the visual disturbance caused by vitreous strands and opacities, commonly referred to as floaters. Clinical studies have shown laser vitreolysis to be a highly effective and safe treatment in the majority of patients with symptomatic floaters.

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