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Floaters Treatment Information
If you have floaters, we perform a thorough examination of your eyes with the main goal of finding any serious underlying problems. If your floaters are the result of normal aging-related changes in your eyes, you probably do not need treatment. However, treatment options are available in some cases. They include:
- Vitrectomy. This outpatient surgical procedure involves removing the vitreous gel and the floaters that are in it. We inject a salt solution to replace the gel, and your body soon replaces the solution with its own fluid. We offer this treatment only rarely as a treatment for floaters because the risk of complications, although small, often does not outweigh the benefits. Vitrectomy is an option for treating floaters only if they are causing serious problems with your eyesight, making it difficult for you to perform daily tasks such as working or reading medicine labels.
- Retinal detachment surgery. If you have floaters or flashes because of a detached or torn retina, you need immediate treatment to avoid losing vision. A retina that separates from its supporting tissue lacks oxygen. If your retina is not yet fully detached, we may be able to close a hole or tear using a laser in an office procedure. For a full detachment, you may need vitrectomy or another advanced procedure.
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Floaters Support Services
Learn more about floaters at these websites:
A Sampling of Floaters Support Services
Eugene and Marilyn Glick Eye Institute
At this Indiana University School of Medicine site, we offer easy-to-understand fact sheets on floaters and many other eye health topics.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology provides information on many aspects of floaters, including their symptoms, causes, diagnosis and treatment.
National Eye Institute
This U.S. federal agency contains a wealth of information to help you understand floaters.