A 30-year-old male asked:
what risk factors are involved to undergo floater (eye) removal procedure by yag laser? anything to do with retinal damage?
2 doctor answers • 3 doctors weighed in
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
Don't do it!: This is experimental and almost no ophthalmologists do this procedure. Floaters are a nuisance and do not need to be treated. Besides the yag laser cannot removal anything - it just breaks up the floater into more floaters.
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Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Floater removal: The use of a yag laser in the vitreous creates a shock wave that can cause a retinal tear or detachment. The yag laser can sometimes break up a large floater into several smaller floaters which may or may not be less bothersome. A floater, in of itself, is annoyance and the risks associated with removal must be weighed against the benefit. Please discuss with your surgeon.
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Last updated Nov 7, 2015
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