If you experience small specks, clouds or cobweb-like shadows that seem to float through your field of vision, you may have a frustrating condition known as eye floaters.
Let’s take a moment to review the frequently asked questions about eye floaters and discuss your options for treatment.
Vitreous Eye Floaters are tiny spots or specks, impurities that cast a shadow onto the retina. They have been described as tiny, cloudy clumps of cells that appear in the otherwise clear fluid (vitreous) that fills the back part of the eye.
People describe eye floaters as small specks, cobwebs, or clouds moving in their field of vision. They range from being a nuisance that can be ignored, to interfering with essential daily activities such as reading or driving.
Yes. In the past, surgery known as a vitrectomy was required to remove the floaters. The surgery has a respectable success rate, but it carries with it notable risk of infection, along with the potential to develop a cataract.
Thankfully, those living with floaters now have a better option.
A newly released laser technology is able to more quickly and more safely vaporize the impurities causing eye floaters. This process is called Laser Floater Treatment (LFT).
Laser Floater Treatment is a non-invasive, pain-free procedure that can eliminate the visual disturbance caused by floaters. The goal is to achieve a “functional improvement,” allowing individuals to return to “normal” day-to-day activities without the hindrance of floaters.
“The twenty-minute office procedure is safer and less expensive than vitrectomy, and it is effective in the vast majority of people who want to rid themselves of frustrating floaters,” said Dr. Psolka.
LFT uses pulses of laser light to convert the molecules of the floater into a gas. The end result is that the floater is removed and/or reduced to a size that no longer impedes vision.
Safer and less expensive than intraocular surgery
20-minute in-office procedure using topical anesthesia
No restrictions on activities, and patient typically has full recovery within 24 hours
Effective in more than 9 out of 10 patients
No significant complications in FDA-supervised 200-patient study
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