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How to get rid of eye floaters? Vitreectomy?

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Dr. Jonathan Levin
Ophthalmology
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Benjamin Chun
Ophthalmology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Best to leave it

Floaters can be removed with vitrectomy, but the risk/rewards dictate that its not worth it.
If you're really desperate, there are some eyemd's that do treat it with lasers, but most ophthalmologists would tell you eventually they'll either go away, or you'll learn to ignore them.

In brief: Best to leave it

Floaters can be removed with vitrectomy, but the risk/rewards dictate that its not worth it.
If you're really desperate, there are some eyemd's that do treat it with lasers, but most ophthalmologists would tell you eventually they'll either go away, or you'll learn to ignore them.
Dr. Benjamin Chun
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Dr. Bruce Saran
Ophthalmology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Bruce Saran
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Dr. Alan Mindlin
Ophthalmology

In brief: no, aging

Floaters, if determined by ophthalmic exam not to be a sign of pathology, are a normal aging process of the vitreous.
This substance has the consistency of jello and liquifies eventually being absorbed by the body without sequelae.

In brief: no, aging

Floaters, if determined by ophthalmic exam not to be a sign of pathology, are a normal aging process of the vitreous.
This substance has the consistency of jello and liquifies eventually being absorbed by the body without sequelae.
Dr. Alan Mindlin
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Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology

In brief: Floaters

Most common it is recommended to have an immediate exam when they first occur to rule out retinal detachment.
If there is only floaters, then wait a year and if they are still symptomatic then consider a vitrectomy to remove the vitreous and floaters.. This is a situation where the vitreous(jelly) of the eye detaches (not a retinal detachment), it then "crumples" up leaving dots, spots, strands.

In brief: Floaters

Most common it is recommended to have an immediate exam when they first occur to rule out retinal detachment.
If there is only floaters, then wait a year and if they are still symptomatic then consider a vitrectomy to remove the vitreous and floaters.. This is a situation where the vitreous(jelly) of the eye detaches (not a retinal detachment), it then "crumples" up leaving dots, spots, strands.
Dr. Michael Ham
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