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Modern Laser Vitreolysis

Compared with its early clinical use in the 1980s, modern laser vitreolysis provides more efficient and safer energy profiles, offering reliable and repeatable outcomes that provide a low rate of complications combined with a high degree of patient satisfaction. In this interview, Dr. Karl Brasse addresses his experience to date using the Ultra Q Reflex laser in the treatment of symptomatic floater patients.

“Karickhoff, one of the original pioneers of laser vitreolysis, in my opinion, may have advocated the procedure before its time; the technological capabilities were not as superior as they are today. I strongly believe that the success I have encountered with laser vitreolysis is due to the system that I use.”

Vitreolysis in the Spotlight

In this video interview, Dr. Paul Singh of The Eye Centres of Racine and Kenosha, Wisconsin, shares his pearls for success with vitreolysis. Drawing on his experience with the Ultra Q Reflex™ multi-modality laser, he addresses a number of topics ranging from patient selection to treatment protocol, including recommended laser lenses and energy settings.

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.”

Vitreolysis. Redefining Convention

Clinical studies have shown vitreolysis to be an effective treatment approach for vitreous strands and opacities. It also offers a high degree of patient satisfaction. In this video interview, Paul Singh, MD, of The Eye Centers of Racine and Kenosha, Wisconsin, discusses the fundamentals of vitreolysis in the management of floaters.

Laser Floater Treatment

In this video interview, Paul Inder Singh addresses the clinical impact of floaters and the success of laser floater treatment in his practice.

“I have been privy first-hand to the changes in how our profession perceives laser vitreolysis. On one hand, the poor historical data and the fact that many consider laser vitreolysis beyond their comfort zone (because it does not follow traditional conventions and is not taught in medical schools and residency programs), has led to initial pushback. On the other hand, patients and ophthalmologists are becoming increasingly aware of this procedure and the new technology, which is triggering growing acceptance of the potential benefits of laser vitreolysis. Although it is still considered novel and 'outside-of-the-box' to apply a different use to something as familiar as a YAG laser, doctors are now beginning to grasp the potential benefits of using different energy profiles and visualization systems to make treatment of floaters possible.”

LFT: An Objective Evaluation of Improvement in Quality of Vision

Having performed more than 1500 LFR procedures, Dr. Paul Singh consistently reports a positive response from his patients in regards to the improved quality of vision afforded by the procedure. With the advent of screening technologies such as the iTrace wavefront aberrometer, he can now objectively assess his patients’ improvement in quality of vision following treatment with LFR.

“We’ve known for over four years how much of a difference LFR has made to patients’ quality of vision, based upon subjective questioning. But what we wanted was an objective evaluation. Using the iTrace we can now truly understand the positive impact of LFR on internal quality of vision.”

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