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How Do I Get Rid Of Eye Floaters
One Option: As a retina specialist (eye doctor specialized in the problems/diseases of both the retina and the vitreous), i believe there is only one way to remove floaters. An outpatient procedure called a vitrectomy is the best way to remove the floaters. Laser, in my opinion, is more risky as the procedure can cause retinal tears, may not work and limited to certain floaters. ...Read more
Depends: First question is have you had a dilated exam to make sure that the floaters are not accompanied by other findings such as retinal tears. As a retina specialist, i rarely recommend a vitrectomy for floaters. Usually they are not severe enough to require any treatment. Another option is yag vitreolysis. This doesn't always work either. That leaves you with adapting to them. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
"Serious" floaters.: Vitrectomy works for bad floaters. 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. Yag laser lysis is the other way. ...Read more
No safe way: Floaters are usually a normal occurence, caused by the gel in the back of the eye breaking into small pieces that you see as bugs, lines or other shapes. Various treatments have been attempted to decrease them, but each may increase the risk of retinal detachment. Unless your vision is being significantly limited by floaters, avoid unnecessary surgery. Speak with your eye doctor about this. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Time: Floaters occur when the vitreous gel that fills the eye pulls away from the back part of the eye. The floaters diminish with time. If you have flashes of light or a change in your vision go to an eye md immediately as this could be a retinal tear or detachment-a potentially blinding condition. If your floaters persist or become worse this could be a sign of bleeding or inflammation-go to an md! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Floater removal can: Be accomplishes in one of two methods. The less invasive method is through yag laser removal that can be performed in office. This works best for solitary small or medium sized floaters. The alternative is a surgical vitrectomy where we surgically remove the vitreous gel and thus the floaters. This is a surgical procedure though and carries the normal inherent risks of any ocular surgery. ...Read more
Generally not: Usually the brain will learn to "ignore" the floaters. If they are visually debilitating and you are unable to work, see to drive, etc. Due to the floaters, vitrectomy can be performed, however, it is not without risk and requires a discussion between you and your ophthalmologist or retina specialist. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Time: Most symptoms from floaters will diminish to a tolerable level with time. Patients will notice them in certain lighting situations or activities. Vitrectomy surgery markedly increases the risk of cataract formation and the small but real risk of retinal tear and detachment. Surgery is only indicated if floaters are severely diminishing your ability to perform activities of daily living. ...Read more
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