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How are serious cases of eye floaters treated?

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Dr. Willa Terry
Pediatrics 32 years experience
It depends: If the floaters are because of retinal detachment, then laser surgery to repair the retinal performed by an ophthalmologist is necessary emergent surgery.
Dr. Keshav Narain
Retinal Surgery 29 years experience
"Serious" floaters.: By serious you mean interfering with vision, then the answer would be a vitrectomy. Although it carries risks, it is associated with reasonably good outcomes to get rid of floaters. The reality is that most floaters are not serious enough to warrant a vitrectomy. Of the floaters that I have seen that are truly serious, most are associated with some other disease process like diabetes.
Dr. Johnstone Kim
Retinal Surgery 14 years experience
Vitrectomy: Most retinal specialist will not do vitrectomy for floaters because there can be risks. However if it is to the point of severely limiting your day to day function or severely affecting your quality of life, vitrectomy may improve your symptoms.

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Are eye floaters a serious problem?

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
No not at your age: Normal aging changes of the eye unless you see a curtain of them streaming down obscuring your vision. Then that's an EMC situation.

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