How to get rid of eye floaters? When vitrectomy?

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.

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How to get rid of eye floaters? Vitreectomy?

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. Read more...
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. Read more...
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...
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. 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 more...

Has anyone had vitrectomy recommended to get rid of floaters? How bad were they?

Yes. I have a handful of patients who have had surgery (vitrectomy) for their floaters. Usually they have to be bad enough to affect activities of daily living. For example one patient had them so bad that if they floated in the way of her central vision she could not see on coming vehicles while driving. Read more...
See below. "floaters" are usually not enough of a reason to have vitrectomy surgery which has its own inherent risks. Usually some pathology is required in order to require vitrectomy. See your retina specialist or get a second opinion. Read more...

Has anyone done vitrectomy to get rid of floaters? How much risk is there for 60 yo patient?

Rarely. Vitrectomy is in fact a big deal with risk to vision and the future health of the eyes. It is not undertaken lightly. Most floaters one can live with. A few vitrectomies have been done for extensive floaters that interfere with eye function. I would not advise it for annoying floaters that do not threaten vision. Read more...

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...
Usually nothing. Floaters are very common and annoying, but there is not much you can do about it. They are actual strands of jelly (vitreous) floating around and other than a pretty major surgery (vitrectomy) to remove them, there is not much you can do. Try sleeping with your head elevated to make the strands fall to the bottom with gravity. Read more...

What do I do to get rid of eye floaters?

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...
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 more...
Floaters. Most floaters tend to get better with time. They can take weeks or months or years to resolve. There is no eyedrop or medicine to make floaters go away. Read more...

Does fixing the retina also get rid of eye floaters?

Not always. If you have a vitrectomy, the floaters can sometimes also go away afterwards. Sometimes, you can be left with new floaters however. Read more...
Maybe. If the retina is repaired via a vitrectomy, then often times, all the floaters are eliminated. On the other hand, fixing the retina with scleral buckle or laser will do nothing for the floaters. Read more...

Is having laser zapping to get rid of eye floaters bad?

Better Options. Laser treatment with a nd:yag laser is advocated by very, very few doctors. None are retinal specialists. The fear is that not all floaters can be treated and there is too much chance of developing a tear in your retina...Potentially leading to a retinal detachment. Other options, including vitrectomy (aka fov), are much more effective and safe. Read more...
I don't think so. I used to look at the procedure with skepticism but now have seen a few patients who really benefitted. It doesn't work for all types of floaters. It takes some time also. Overall, it appears to be safe in trained hands with very low incidence of complications. I have never seen the much feared complications, but they exist and should be discussed. Procedure works best for certain types. Read more...

What are ways to get rid of eye floaters?

"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...

How to get rid of eye floaters that keep floating by?

Can't. It can be removed with surgery, but its not advised, risk is far greater than reward. Some ophthalmologist can use laser to treat it, again, most wouldn't. There are no medicines or exercises that can get rid of floaters either. Eventually it will dissolve or move out of the way, but it may take a long time. 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 more...