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Enzymatic vitreolysis for floaters

Hi Doctor

In italy somebosy is telling the in next future enzymatic vitreolysis could be dissolve vitreous floaters.
By intravitreal injection.
But not using microplasmin,  I think other molecules.
What your opinion about this fact_

Thanks
B.R.
Marco from Genoa,Italy
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It might be able to disolve floaters however it is still experimental, it is used mainly for diabetic retinopathy prevention and its not likely that insurance companies or govermental medical systems will approve a very expensive procedure that 85% of people will have in their lifetimes.

JCH
1416596 tn?1282125622
Hi doctor!

I guess this new medicine is named microplasmin.
Is it right?

Thanks
B.R.
Marco from Genoa,Italy
233488 tn?1310693103
MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL
I don't know the name. It appears in previous discussions.
JCH MD
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"its not likely that insurance companies or govermental medical systems will approve a very expensive procedure that 85% of people will have in their lifetimes."

Following this logic, doctors should not treat cataracts, as the treatment is expensive, and 100% of people will get them (if their lifetime is sufficiently long). Take it to the extreme - 100% of people will die eventually - what's the point in trying to delay it - it's expensive and inevitable, after all.

I know you're one of the older doctors who grumpily tell patients, "deal with it, everyone has floaters, what's your problem?" Luckily, there are younger doctors who recognize that vitreous opacities can be a real problem and a trying to develop safer ways of treatment. There is obviously a demand for treatment, why spend so much energy denying anyone hope?

I honestly hope your poor attitude that you display on this site isn't typical of your interactions with your patients.
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