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Can we zap eye floaters away?
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Heidi Godman, Executive Editor, Harvard Health Letter
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Dear Harvard. I’? Going to lay some honesty on you, cause you clearly need it. You guys are supposed to be the elite.
So when you’re laying out options for treatment in your writing, and you print absolute garbage like “the 2nd option is to do nothing and ignore the floaters,” it really diminishes your credibility.
“Doing nothing” is not an option of treatment. Doing nothing is how we are already living every day. It is not an option.
If i go to a doctor with a problem and and ask what my options for treatment are, and he says well i have one option for you, “we can do nothing,” i am going to assume he’s mentally unfit and never return, cause it’s seriously the dumbest thing i’ve ever heard.
And this absolute myth that most floaters go away on their own needs to STOP being spread cause it’s a total falsehood, repeated by the eye industry to cover up the embarrassment they have for not reaearching a cure.
Obviously floaters are such a burden on many people’s lives that they are here on the internet reading this right now, desperately searching for a cure, which should already be available being that it’s 2017 and this is a problem that affects millions and millions worldwide. The fact that there is not yet a safe and effective cure by now to safely disintegrate floaters is troubling & quite pathetic considering the advancements in technology you have at your fingertips. The eye industry as a whole is missing out on billions of dollars and should actually be ashamed a cure is not yet available.
Also the lack of empathy from most doctors and researchers in the eye community is downright disrespectful. You guys need a wakeup call. Just because you don’t personally have the problem, doesn’t give you the right to downplay the issue and say pointless remarks like “Do nothing. Live with it.”
Another one of your articles literally said “Dr. Heier recommends this trick in The Aging Eye, a Special Health Report from Harvard Medical School for which he is a medical editor: move your eyes up and down, or left and right. That can shift the floater and provide temporary relief.”
ARE YOU KIDDING ME? You don’t think people suffering from floaters already instinctively try and move their eye in every direction to get them out of the way?!?!? You write that like you just discovered something! It lasts for all of a half a second. You may as well have written “If you have trouble breathing, try inhaling and exhaling. It works wonders.”
Sometimes i wonder how you guus even made it through medical school.
I don’t mean to be a dick but someone has to tell you guys what’s up.
Simply move your eyes laterally, and quickly. Most floaters will move out of sight. Ignore them. Relax and worry about major issues, not floaters. Michael M., O.D.
Some people have floaters that are severe enough to interfere with their vision and quality of life. To them, it can be a major issue, and I applaud any effort to research effective treatments.
I first got floaters when I was a teen. I’d thought it was just the weed I was smoking. I learned only in my middle age it was related to eye and not to bad pot. So I still do the pot and wish for a cure to the annoying floaters.
Thank you Harvard Medical School as you are concerning about this very annoying and depression causing problem ! Please show the world a full recovery from it as so many people are suffering from floaters 😑
I have a floater in my eyes from many years. i need to remove it please help.
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