Modern Laser Floater Removal

Traditional YAG lasers typically have larger and less-controlled plasma with more inconsistent power output and were equipped for capsulotomy and iridotomy procedures only. Since it can be difficult to focus on small structures — such as vitreous strands — when using these systems, collateral ocular tissue damage may occur.

Indeed, previous attempts at laser floater removal were not successful for a number of reasons, including:
  • Lack of visualization
  • Energy settings too low
  • Number of shots not enough
  • Inefficient energy beam

In contrast, Reflex Technology™ from Ellex features an ultra-Gaussian beam mode, teamed with a fast-pulse rise time and a small-spot size: with a higher-power density and tightly controlled plasma, fewer shots are required to perform procedures with less cumulative energy delivered to the patient.

Furthermore, Reflex Technology™ incorporates a proprietary slit lamp illumination tower design, which converges the operator’s vision, the target illumination, and the treatment beam along the same optical path and onto the same optical plane. The illumination tower can be used coaxially to enhance the view of the target opacity and more effectively vaporize it.

In short, Reflex Technology™ minimizes the potential for focusing errors and reduces the risk of damage to the natural lens or the retina.

  • Gives you great visualization of the middle and posterior vitreous
  • Allows for spatial context – especially near the retina
  • Red Reflex helps with contrast for certain floaters
  • Hard to see anterior floaters well…
  • Can’t see floaters behind anterior vitreous
  • Beneficial for visualizing anterior floaters
  • Lose red reflex which allows for floaters to appear “white”
  • Helps with defining posterior capsule
  • Decreases glare in some situations


The Clinical Impact of Floaters