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Treatment of vitreous floaters with neodymium YAG laser.
  1. W F Tsai,
  2. Y C Chen and
  3. C Y Su
  1. Department of Ophthalmology, Father Fox Memorial Hospital, Tainan, Taiwan, Republic of China.


    Fifteen cases of vitreous floaters with serious psychological reactions have been collected. By using a direct ophthalmoscope, causal vitreous opacities were detected. The opacities were photodisrupted with neodymium YAG laser, using energy levels of 5 to 7.1 mJ and total energy 71 to 742.0 mJ. Symptoms completely disappeared immediately after treatment in all 15 cases. There were no intraoperative or postoperative complications noted during a follow up period of at least 1 year. To our knowledge, the use of neodymium YAG laser to treat vitreous floaters has not been previously described. Our initial experience indicates that the treatment is simple, safe, and effective.

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