20,000 Documented Eye Floater Laser Sessions

South Florida Eye Clinic staff are the experts with a worldwide patient base.

Scott L. Geller, MD

Patients often ask Scott Geller, MD, “why can’t my local doctor laser eye floaters.”

“Because this is a niche area of interest, and most ophthalmologists will not take the time to really get into it,” Dr. Geller states. “It’s a bit like plastic surgery. Any intern can make an incision and stitch skin, but it takes years of experience to size up a patient, know exactly how to modify a technique, and get the absolute best result possible.”

Dr. Geller has that experience. He has performed more than 20,000 eye floater laser procedures across his career. He also has given an impressive number of lectures all over the world on his research and technique.

“Florida has some great Ophthalmic Centers, including the schools in Tampa, Gainesville and the Bascom-Palmer Eye Institute in Miami,” says Dr. Geller. “But their interests lie elsewhere. So, all the advances have been done here, outside academia, by private clinics.”

Understanding the Patient

Many ophthalmologists don’t understand what a patient with eye floaters is experiencing, Dr. Geller says. As a matter of routine, he adds, they measure the patient’s best vision, which is typically normal, check for a retinal tear or detachment and, barring anything unusual, tell the patient he or she will be fine, because the retina looks fine and the floater will either fade or the patient will get used to it.

To which the patient responds, but doctor, I can’t see.”

“It is true that, for the majority of patients, floaters do seem to fade, or the patient does get used to them,” Dr. Geller notes. “But that’s not always the case. That’s why ophthalmologists need to listen to the patient’s problem and thoroughly examine the vitreous gel, where eye floaters are formed.

“If the ophthalmologist measures only the patient’s best vision on an eye chart, they may not correctly diagnose the problem and might dismiss the patient out of hand, telling them that nothing needs to be done, which may leave the patient bewildered and frustrated.

“This is one of the areas of ophthalmology that is routinely ignored by many ophthalmologists, and the reason for this is simple: They don’t take the patient’s visual acuity with the floater in the visual axis.

“We have seen patients reporting improvement of overall vision even with macular degeneration and Lazy Eye [amblyopia] where the floater causes interfering noise with the good eye.

“At South Florida Eye Clinic, we always measure the patient’s worst vision on the eye chart to see exactly how bad the vision gets with the floater obstructing it.”

Laser Treatment

Scott L. Geller, MD

Dr. Geller has performed more than 20,000 documented eye floater lasers sessions across more than 30 years of service to patients from all over the world.

“We have a worldwide patient following and have helped people from Japan, the People’s Republic of China, Russia and almost every European country,” the doctor notes.

Recently, Dr. Geller was a featured lecturer for the fourth year in a row at an International Ophthalmology Meeting in Taormina, Sicily, Italy. Other experts from Holland and Italy presented papers on their experiences treating eye floaters with the laser as well as traditional surgery. Patients from other areas of Italy came to Sicily to be examined and treated by Dr. Geller.

“I have quite a reputation in Europe and have treated patients in Italy with the Ellex Laser, but in the USA I find the Swiss made LASAG laser to be the best,” states Dr. Geller. “And we are the only facility using it in the USA.”

“My first scientific presentation was at the 1989 International Congress of Ophthalmology in Singapore,” he adds. “It was followed by lectures at several conferences in China, including the prestigious Shanghai Eye and Ear Institute.

“Other major meetings included the 1997 European Congress of Cataract and Refractive Surgery in Prague; the 1999 Florida Society of Ophthalmology; the 2001 European Congress of Ophthalmology in Istanbul; the 2010 World Congress of Ophthalmology in Berlin and the 2010 American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery in Boston. There was also a peer-reviewed presentation at the American Academy of Ophthalmology in Chicago in 2012.”

Dr. Geller’s latest presentations were at the prestigious Florida Society of Ophthalmology and the Orione Ophthalmic Congress in Italy, where he performed eye floater laser sessions on selected patients.

“Many doctors tell their patients, live with it, nothing can be done or get vitrectomy surgery,” Dr. Geller notes. “But the problem with vitrectomy surgery, which is the surgical removal of the entire vitreous gel [where floaters begin] is that it is not without its own problems.

“Most patients over the age of forty will develop an early cataract and will need another operation as early as six months to a year later. This is due to the physiology of the eye, not the skill of the surgeon.

“In my hands, with my years of experience, complications are rare,” assures Dr. Geller, who presented his results at the American Academy of Ophthalmology in 2012, and other meetings worldwide.

Finding Dr. Geller

Dr. Geller confides that patients often find him in a roundabout way.

“Recently, a man in West Palm Beach went to the satellite clinic of a world-famous Miami eye institute,” the doctor reports. “They told him they couldn’t do anything for him except vitrectomy, but they also told him, there’s an ophthalmologist on the West Coast of Florida who can treat your eye with a laser.

“It wasn’t a direct referral, but the patient managed to find me and was ecstatic with his results. Subsequently, I uploaded a video of his procedure to YouTube.com and Vimeo.com, which can be found among dozens of videos I’ve posted.”

Dr. Geller cautions that not all patients can be helped with his laser procedure, though he is pleased to report that, partially due to his meticulous patient selection process, his patient results are excellent.

Laser Selection

While treating patients in Sardinia, Dr. Geller used the Ellex Laser when performing his eye laser floater procedures.

“As I said previously, I find the Swiss-made LASAG Microruptor YAG laser to be the best,” he states. “This laser was specifically designed by renowned Professor Franz Fankhauser of the University Eye Clinic, Bern, Switzerland, to safely cut membranes deep in
the eye’s interior.

“I have tried other lasers, and if they were superior, I would purchase one immediately. But I use the Swiss-made LASAG laser. It is definitely superior to the others out there in my experience. And I have two of them.”

Dr. Geller always welcomes colleagues to observe or just call if they need to refine their own technique.

“Laser treatment of eye floaters is fascinating,” Dr. Geller says. “I look forward to doing this every day.”

Dr. Geller says that, while his greatest satisfaction comes from helping patients who have been told by their own ophthalmologists that nothing can be done, he actually welcomes the opportunity to share his technique with others in his field.

“Other ophthalmologists need only call me, or ask one of my patients about their results,” he says. “I’m proud of our track record and of the patients we’ve helped.”

Article submitted by Scott L. Geller, MD.
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