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Dr. Dan B.
Dr. Dan B., Board Certified Ophthalmologist
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Experience:  Eye surgeon experienced in cataracts, glaucoma, retina & neuro-ophthalmology
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Hello. My question is about a large Weiss Ring that floats

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Hello. My question is about a large Weiss Ring that floats across my vision nearly every time I move my eye. Is there any effective treatment other than laser or surgery?

Doctor DanB : Hello and thanks for your question. Are you available to chat?
Customer: Yes.
Customer: Hello?
Doctor DanB : Unfortunately, other than what you've mentioned there really aren't any effective ways to rid yourself of this. While most people do not completely get rid if their floaters (they never completely and permanently go away), they usually get "better" from these floaters through one of more of three different mechanisms: 1. They can sometimes break up to some degree; 2. They may drift more out if your view; and 3. The brain usually learns how to ignore them to a large extent (and then they usually only become "visible" when they get "stirred up" by moving the eyes quickly from side-to-side or rubbing the eyes when looking at high contrast backgrounds such as white paper/walls, a bright sky or a computer monitor). There is really only way to permanently rid yourself of floaters and that is major surgery, so far the most part, most people just learn how to live with them unless they actually interfere with activities of daily living.
Customer: You say they will improve over time. Is there any expected rate? As I said, the Weiss ring seems a little more blurry, but it also is affecting my vision more. It blurs when the ring moves across my field of sight.
Doctor DanB : The time frame for improvement varied for each individual. It can take weeks to months for some.
Customer: OK, I hope the improvement continues. Just looking for a little positive reinforcement, I guess. My ophthomologist is knowledgeable, but because it's not a major physical problem, he doesn't seem concerned. But it is becoming quite bothersome for me. I appreciate your answer. Bye.
Doctor DanB : My pleasure. Your feedback is important to me and will help me improve my encounter with future customers. Please rate your encounter with me by providing positive feedback (by pressing the smiley face); any positive feedback and/or bonus you may feel prompted to provide would be welcomed and is appreciated. If you feel like your concerns are not resolved or you have a problem or issue with anything I have said or haven’t said, please don’t issue a negative feedback rating—My goal is your satisfaction and I would rather work together to solve your concerns, until you are satisfied, than have you leave our encounter unhappy and unsatisfied. My opinion is solely informative and does not constitute a formal medical opinion or recommendation. For a formal medical opinion and/or recommendation you must see an eye doctor. Thanks for your inquiry!
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