Advances in technology are a key driver in any ophthalmic practice, making procedures more effective – and, in some cases, safer. First introduced in the eighties with reports of limited success, Laser Floater Removal (LFR) has undergone a renaissance with the recent innovation of technologies such as titratable axis illumination and coaxial visualization. Today, ophthalmologists can offer their symptomatic floater patients treatment with LFR with greater safety and efficacy than ever before.

The LFR Blog addresses the evolving role of LFR in clinical practice. Curated by Paul I. Singh, MD, who has performed more than 3,000 LFR procedures, it addresses a number of topics relating to the use of LFR in clinical practice. Dr. Singh is in private practice at The Eye Centers of Racine & Kenosha in Wisconsin, USA. He was the first ophthalmologist in Wisconsin and Illinois to implant the iStent glaucoma drainage device, and, more recently has helped to pioneer the development of new lenses and laser technologies for use in LFR.

1 August 2017LFR: Does Technology Define When a Condition is Worth Treating?

Author: Dr. Paul I. Singh

“Does Technology Define When a Condition is Worth Treating?” Historically, as a profession, we have created the perception that vitreous floaters (opacities) are a mere annoyance to our patients.  A condition that, although many people complain of, does not cause a significant enough impact on quality of life and daily functioning to warrant treatment. Why is that? Why is it considered just an annoyance when patients often complain of difficulty driving, reading, or even working on a computer? Is it…