Vitrectomy for Floaters

What are floaters?

Floaters are insoluble proteins in the vitreous cavity of the eye. When we are young, the vitreous gel is firmly adherent to the retina. As we age, the gel “shrinks” and pulls free from the retina.

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What are the risk factors for developing floaters?

Everyone has floaters to some extent, and they are more noticeable when viewing a uniform background. Certain risk factors may increase the amount of floaters, including…

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What can be done about my floaters?

In most cases, the severity of floaters decreases with time (months) as the larger proteins move away from the central visual axis, and the brain learns to “live with” some floaters in the vision.

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What are floaters?

Floaters are insoluble proteins in the vitreous cavity of the eye. When we are young, the vitreous gel is firmly adherent to the retina. As we age, the gel “shrinks” and pulls free from the retina. This process is called a “posterior vitreous detachment” or PVD and is the most common cause of floaters. Other uncommon conditions can also cause floaters, such an inflammatory eye conditions and bleeding within the eye.

What are the risk factors for developing floaters?

Everyone has floaters to some extent, and they are more noticeable when viewing a uniform background. Certain risk factors may increase the amount of floaters, including:

  • Myopia (near sightedness)
  • Retinal tears
  • Retinal detachment
  • Inflammatory eye conditions
  • Bleeding in the eye
  • Trauma

What can be done about my floaters?

In most cases, the severity of floaters decreases with time (months) as the larger proteins move away from the central visual axis, and the brain learns to “live with” some floaters in the vision. Vitrectomy surgery is reserved for refractory cases, where the floaters affect the quality of vision and quality of life. During a vitrectomy procedure, the vitreous gel is removed and is replaced with a balanced salt solution, which in turn is replaced with the bodys own fluids.

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