Eye Floaters laser therapy
Eye floaters appear as little irregularities that drift slowly across your field of vision. Eye floaters often look like little darkish spots or specks, threads or strings.
These events typically occur due to the normal aging process called vitreous detachment but may be a symptom of a retinal tear or a retinal detachment.
In cases where floaters negatively affect a patient’s quality of vision, laser therapy (Laser Floater Treatment, LFT) may be a suitable treatment option.
Laser Floater Treatment involves the application of nanosecond pulses of low-energy laser light to evaporate the vitreous opacities and to sever the vitreous strands. During this process, the laser energy evaporates the collagen and hyaluronin molecules to form a gas. The end result is that the floater is removed and/or reduced to a size that no longer impedes vision.
Vitreolysis Laser Treatment of Floaters
Floater laser treatment, vitreolysis is a non-invasive, pain-free procedure that can eliminate the visual disturbance caused by floaters. Reported side effects and complications associated with vitreolysis are rare. Side effects may include cataract and high pressure in the eye, usually temporary.
What causes floaters and spots?
Some floaters and spots are present since birth. When people reach middle age, the gel-like vitreous begins to liquefy and contract. The vitreous gel pulls away from the back wall of the eye, causing a posterior vitreous detachment – a common cause of floaters.
Floaters and spots are also more common among people who:
- Are highly nearsighted
- Have undergone cataract surgery
- Have had laser surgery of the eye
- Have had inflammation inside the eye
In most cases, floaters are harmless and don’t need any treatment. However, in some cases floaters may indicate a more serious eye condition.For example, they may be a sign of blood in the eye (caused by diabetes, an eye injury, or a stroke in the eye), a retinal tear, or in rare cases a retinal detachment. This is especially the case if you see a large surge of new floaters or flashes, or a dark shadow in your vision.
The sudden appearance of a significant number of floaters, especially if they are accompanied by flashes of light or other vision disturbances, could indicate a retinal detachment or other serious problem in the eye. If you suddenly see new floaters associated with flashes of light, visit your eye doctor immediately.