Laser Floater Treatment

Laser Floater Treatment

Transform visual functionality, improve patients' life quality

While floaters can be overlooked as a common symptom of vitreous deterioration, the adverse effect that they can have on a patient’s quality of life is sometimes significant enough to warrant treatment. A study of over 300 outpatients reported that floaters had the same negative impact on quality of life as age-related macular degeneration*.

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Floaters and patient quality of life

While floaters can be overlooked as a common symptom of vitreous deterioration, the adverse effect that they can have on a patient’s quality of life is sometimes significant enough to warrant treatment. A study of over 300 outpatients reported that floaters had the same negative impact on quality of life as age-related macular degeneration1

Laser Floater Treatment is a minimally invasive procedure that can significantly improve a patient's perception of their everyday visual functionality and provide them with much-needed relief from eye floaters. The technique fills the treatment gap for patients whose symptoms and risk profile does not warrant treatment with vitrectomy. Laser floater treatment can also delay or obviate the need for surgery.

  • Offers a treatment alternative for suitable patients whose profile does not warrant vitrectomy 
  • Unique system delivering improved visualization and treatment efficacy
  • Deploys Reflex Technology™ designed specifically for treating floaters

Transformative technology

In recent years, Laser Floater Treatment procedures have undergone a renaissance with the development of transformative technologies such as Ellex's TCI™ True Coaxial Illumination™. Today, ophthalmologists are now able to offer treatment to their symptomatic floater patients with greater safety and efficacy than ever before.

1 (Wagle AM, Lim WY, Yap TP, et al. Utility values associated with vitreous floaters. Am J Ophthalmol. 2011;152(1):60-65.)

Accurate, effective treatment

Ellex was the first company to pioneer a laser designed specifically for the treatment of floaters. Our Reflex Technology™ features True Coaxial Illumination™ (TCI) for on- and off-axis visualization, a precise aiming beam and a superior energy beam profile — all within a unique slit lamp illumination tower design that converges and focuses the physician’s sight line, target illumination and treatment beam into one optical path.

It’s an approach that maximizes focusing accuracy and provides a safe and highly effective tool for the treatment of vitreous opacities.

“I adopted Laser Floater Treatment just over three years ago. More than 3,000 procedures later, I now fully appreciate the negative impact that symptomatic floaters can have on patients’ quality of life. When looking at the results in my own clinic, more than 90% of patients indicate that they are satisfied with their improvement in daily visual functioning as a result of undergoing the procedure.”

LFT resources

Treatment Guidelines

Procedure Guide: Vitreous Opacities

Case Study

Clinical Trial of YAG Vitreolysis

Published in JAMA Ophthalmology, this trial by Chirag P. Shah, MD and Jeffrey S. Heler, MD evaluates the efficacy of YAG laser vitreolysis vs. sham vitreolysis for symptomatic Weiss ring floaters from posterior vitreous detachment, featuring the proprietary Reflex Technology™ platform.


LFT in the Media (Cataract and Refractive Surgery Today, May 2016)

In this article, Karl Stonecipher, MD (USA) provides his treatment pearls for LFT in clinical practice.


Roundtable Discussion, LFT

“The Evolving View of Laser Vitreolysis” In this roundtable discussion, ophthalmologists working in glaucoma, retina, cataract and refractive surgery talked with Inder Paul Singh, MD, about prospective clinical study data, hands-on experiences, and how their profession’s view of LFT is evolving alongside growing data and the introduction of the new Reflex Technology platform.


Laser Vitreolysis: A Retinal Specialist's Viewpoint

In this supplement to Retina Today, Chirag P. Shah, MD, MPH addresses his pivotal trial into the safety and efficacy of laser vitreolysis.

Associated websites

Physician LFT Blog

Read about how LFT can help in the management of symptomatic floater patients. Blog curated by Paul I. Singh, MD (USA)

Associated websites

Floater Patient Education

A simple in-office procedure, LFT can help to alleviate the visual disturbance caused by floaters.


Titratable Illumination with Reflex technology™

Dr. Paul Singh (USA) demonstrates the use of titratable illumination to view floaters that are within the posterior capsule clearly – whilst also viewing the retina.


Laser Floater Treatment Through a Multi-Focal Lens

In this video, Paul I. Singh, MD (USA) uses the Ultra Q Reflex™ laser to perform Laser Floater Treatment in a patient with a multi-focal lens.


Laser Floater Treatment – Paul Inder Singh, MD

In this video interview, Paul I. Singh, MD (USA) addresses the clinical impact of floaters and the success of Laser Floater Treatment in his practice.


Floaters and the Refractive Surgeon – Karl G. Stonecipher, MD

In this video interview, refractive specialist Karl G. Stonecipher, MD (USA) addresses his decision to incorporate Laser Floater Treatment into clinical practice.


Modern Laser Vitreolysis - Karl Brasse, MD

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.


Expanding Treatment Possibilities with Laser Vitreolysis

In the past, vitrectomy has been commonly considered the gold standard for the treatment of debilitating floater symptoms, but the risk of complications means that it may not be suitable for all patients.

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Ellex is the manufacturer of Reflex Technology for use in the treatment of symptomatic floater patients. It has been approved for the indication of Posterior Membranectomy (incl. Nd:YAG Laser Vitreolysis/Laser Floater Treatment) whereby it offers the potential to improve the patient’s perception of visual functionality. Ellex does not accept any responsibility for use of the system outside of these indications. The material presented herein may include the views or recommendations of third parties and does not necessarily reflect the views of Ellex Medical Pty Ltd.

Ultra Q Reflex™ has a CE Mark (Conformité Européenne) and US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) (510k) Market release for the treatment Posterior Membranectomy, Capsulotomy and Laser Iridotomy.

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