Eye Floaters Treatment: Laser Vitreolysis
At Eye Center of Texas, we meet with many patients who think there is no such thing as eye floaters treatment. Until recently, this belief wasn’t entirely unfounded. Vitrectomy, an invasive and delicate eye floaters treatment that involves the removal and replacement of the eye’s vitreous, was reserved for extreme cases of eye floaters only.
Luckily, things have changed. If you struggle with floaters in your eyes, you may be eligible for laser vitreolysis at Eye Center of Texas. Find out more about this non-invasive eye floaters treatment and start your journey towards better vision today.
Do eye floaters go away on their own?
Floaters occur when fibers in the vitreous body detach and create shadows inside the eye. The resulting whispy shadows can be very distracting, and in some cases, they can inhibit vision.
Of course, most patients who come in seeking eye floater treatment want to know whether or not their floaters will go away on their own, and they often ask, “How long do floaters in the eye last?”
Typically, floaters can and will “go away” on their own, either by floating out of view or by becoming easy to ignore.
However, some people will experience persistent or symptomatic floaters and choose to seek eye floaters treatment to find relief.
A note on posterior vitreous detachment
While floaters in the eye are typically benign, the sudden appearance of many floaters and/or flashes can point to dangerous, potentially blinding conditions such as posterior vitreous detachment or retinal tearing. Should many floaters and flashes suddenly appear in one or both of your eyes, seek medical attention immediately.
How can I get rid of eye floaters? What is laser vitreolysis?
Patients with eye floaters do not go away on their own and create daily vision issues may benefit from laser vitreolysis. Laser vitreolysis works by directing a YAG (yttrium-aluminum-garnet) laser at the floater(s) and converting the molecules that make up the floater into gas.
This type of eye floaters treatment typically takes less than 30 minutes and has been highly successful. Side effects include mild discomfort and seeing small spots in your vision, both of which typically go away very quickly.
Eye Floaters Treatment at Eye Center of Texas
If eye floaters are lowering your quality of life, Eye Center of Texas may be able to help. Known for tackling Houston cataracts and providing PRK enhancement and LASIK in Houston, our team of vision experts can help you find relief from irritating eye floaters.
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