Treatment Options

In cases where floaters negatively affect a patient’s quality of vision, laser therapy (vitreolysis) and surgical treatment options are available.

Vitreolysis

Vitreolysis is a non-invasive, pain-free procedure that can eliminate the visual disturbance caused by floaters. During treatment, nanosecond pulses of laser light are used to evaporate the collagen and hyaluronin molecules within the floater, converting them to a gas. The end result is that the floater is removed and/or reduced in size, significantly improving quality of vision.

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Surgery

The surgical treatment of floaters involves removal of the vitreous humor and carries a significant risk of bleeding and infection. It can also result in cataract formation. Depending on your diagnosis, there are several forms of surgery available:

 Pars Plana Vitrectomy
  • Pars Plana vitrectomy (PPV) is typically performed to treat diseases of the retina such as detachment or proliferative diabetic retinopathy. It involves the removal of the entire vitreous humor, which is then replaced with a balanced, electrolyte saltwater solution. On average, PPV takes 1-2 hours to perform.
 Floater-Only Vitrectomy
  • In the case of Floater-Only Vitrectomy (FOV), only the floater-affected portion of the vitreous humor is removed. While FOV results in fewer complications than total vitrectomy (PPV), remnants of floaters may remain post-surgery, resulting in significant patient discomfort and frustration.

Your ophthalmologist will be able to discuss these options with you in more detail.

Patient Resources

Vitreolysis Educational Brochure

Download this brochure (in English) to learn more about floaters and the treatment options available to you, including YAG laser vitreolysis. Brochure also available in German and Italian.

Vitreolysis Educational Video

It’s Clear Skies Ahead
Video Interview with Con Moshegov, MD (Australia)

Also known as floater laser treatment, vitreolysis is a pain-free procedure that can eliminate the visual disturbance caused by floaters. It is performed in your ophthalmologist’s office and typically takes 20-60 minutes per treatment session. Watch this video interview with vitreolysis expert Dr. Con Moshegov, to learn more.

Don’t Let Eye Floaters Cloud Your Vision
Video Interview with Paul Singh, MD (USA)

If you suffer from vitreous strands and opacities (commonly referred to as “eye floaters”), then you are already familiar with the frustrating visual disturbance caused by these cobweb and cloud-like shadows. Vitreolysis is a non-invasive, pain-free procedure that can eliminate the visual disturbance caused by floaters. Watch the video interview with Dr. Paul Singh, MD, to learn more.

Find A Vitreolysis Physician

Search the online directory for physicians who offer laser vitreolysis in the treatment of vitreous strands and opacities (floaters).