Information for patients from abroad

Floaterlaser treatment for foreigners:

Feike Gerbrandy is one of the world’s most experienced floaterlaser specialists and possibly the best specialist in Europe. Our clinic is probably the only clinic in the world that has 2 different lasers suitable for floaters … read more about our lasers..>

We have the best equipment, are the most experienced and have developed the best expertise in the field of floaterlaser treatment.

Dr Scott Geller, the father of  floaterlaser, started treating patients in the mid 80’s in his clinic in Florida (USA). Dr Geller often advises Europeans with floaters to seek treatment in  Amsterdam instead of Florida. He considers Feike Gerbrandy to be the best floaterlaser specialist in Europe and would go to Amsterdam if he had floaters himself.

For these reasons many patients from abroad travel to Amsterdam for laser treatment of their vitreous floaters.  We have to make special arrangements for foreign patients. We will reserve extra long time slots for several days in one week.  Therefore we generally don’t offer single treatments for foreigners living abroad. This is the reason that the treatment fees are slightly higher for foreign patients. 

What to expect during the consultation:

We will discuss several issues, such as:

  • The general health of your eyes
  • Any medication you are using
  • The medical history of your eyes, it is especially important to know about any glaucoma because people with with glaucoma can get a temporary increase of their eye pressure after floaterlaser treatment.
  • your vitreous floaters

We will do measurements such as:

  • visual acuity
  • refraction
  • eye pressure
  • eye exam, funds exam
  • extensive examination of your floaters, they can be recorded on video
  • OCT scan, and other examinations if needed  (Visual Field, straylight test)

We will discuss most of the following:

  •  Whether your floaters might be treatable by laser
  • An indication of the possible success rate (there are several categories of floaters with success rates varying from 50% to 95% after several treatments)
  • The expected number of treatments  (Average 2  to 4 treatments)
  •  Where your floaters are located (close to lens/retina, etc)
  •  Specific risks in your case  (close to retina or lens, chance of worsening of symptoms, eye pressure)
  • If your floaters are not treatable with laser will advise you which other options could be of benefit to you.

Informed Consent: 

  • If you are treatable with laser we ask you to fill out our informed consent> . This has to be signed before we can proceed with treatment.

How to prepare for your consultation? 

It can be worthwhile to try to answer the following questions before your consultation:

  • Which eye is bothered by floaters?
  • How long have you been bothered by floaters (less than 3 months, 3-6 months, 1-2 yrs, 2-5 yrs, > 5 yrs)
  • read more about preparation>


The Floater Laser Treatment:

  • First the pupils are dilated with eye drops. This takes about 15-30 minutes
  • Anesthesia:  Floaterlaser treatment is not painfull but we do need a few drops to numb the cornea in order to be able to use the magnifying contact lens.
  • The actual treatment lasts about 10-40 minutes per eye; sometimes shorter and rarely longer. After the laser treatment you will see small dark spots at the bottom of your visual field. These are small gas bubbles. They will be gone the next day.
  • Your sight will be hazy for several hours after the treatment. You are not allowed to drive a vehicle after the treatment! The next day you should be able to do all normal activities.
  • Your eye pressure should be checked 1 to 2 weeks after the treatment. This can usually be done at a local optician or ophthalmologist.

Planning of Laser treatments

Most foreign patients will have appointments for several days in the same week.  Most people plan 2 treatments in the first week and come back after a few weeks/months for additional treatment.   Some people also plan their 3rd and 4th treatment during the same week.  This is not ideal as one of the risks is a rise in eye pressure. This risk is higher if many treatments are done in a short period. (this does not apply to young patients with tiny floaters because of the limited mass of their floaters)

A treatment schedule will look like this:

  • Day 1:         intake + first treatment (1 or 2 eyes)
  • Day 2:        2nd treatment (1 or 2 eyes)
    • if possible a break in between of several weeks/months
  • Day 3:        3rd treatment (1 or 2 eyes)
  • Day 4         4th treatment (1 or 2 eyes)  and flight home
  • Day 6-14   Measurement of eye pressure in your hometown
  • if still bothered by floaters additional treatment sessions can be planned later


Travel information: 

The clinic is conveniently located just outside the Amsterdam city center. A one way trip from  Amsterdam (Schiphol) Airport to our clinic will take you about 20 minutes

Read more about planning your visit>


Patient Interviews:


  1. English patient 1 
  2. English patient 2
  3. French patient (English version)
  4. French patient (French version)
  5. German patient interview and treatment video