Best of the Eye Floater Institute: 2017 Year in Review

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3 Topics that Will Make you LOVE Eye Floater Treatment

This past year, the Eye Institute has found that more and more people have begun talking about eye floaters and the latest treatment options.  We want to mark this great communication with a post that highlights the top three topics YOU were interested in this year!

1. You wanted to know: How Effective is Floater Treatment?

Both Laser Floater Treatment and Vitrectomy treatments are more effective at removing eye floaters than ever before. 

Best of the Eye Floater Institute: 2017 Year in Review

Vitrectomy surgery involves removing the central vitreous. This treatment has improved due to use of smaller instruments that allow doctors to enter the eye through tiny needle-sized openings. These smaller incisions mean a faster recovery time, since there is no need for stitches or sutures -which also leads to a lower chance of infection.

In less than 20 minutes, this surgery is complete, and recovery takes less than a week. Keep in mind though that any surgery will have its risks. Vitrectomy risks include cataract progression, retinal detachment, and infection (though this is rare, as mentioned above). Always speak to a doctor before treatment to fully understand your risks, as well as the life-changing benefits.

Laser Floater Treatment is known as a lower-risk eye floater treatment. Instead of invasive surgery, the doctor uses a laser to break apart large floaters so they don’t impair your vision. The common complaint for this procedure, however is that sometimes it takes more than one session to completely eliminate floaters. It still is an effective laser treatment that in a matter of minutes severs and vaporizes large floaters so that they no longer disrupt your vision.

This past July, there was a new peer-reviewed study on the effectiveness of Laser Floater Treatment published by the Journal of the American Medical Association. In this study, after just one session of LFT, the majority of patients reported significant improvement in their floater symptoms for the following six months. No patients reported any significant complications from the treatment. This study shows that LFT has effective long-term results for patients.

As more studies on LFT are done, the Eye Institute is committed to keeping you up to date on the latest findings.

To learn more about this July study, visit

2. You wanted to know: Will insurance cover treating my eye floaters?

We know doctor’s visits can quickly start draining your bank account. While every doctor’s office works differently, we surveyed eye floater specialists to present you a list of funding options they suggested. Of course, check with your doctor as these options are not necessarily going to be available at your practice.

  • Third-Party Insurers
  • Medicare
  • Medigap policy aka. Medicare Supplement Insurance policy
  • Medicaid
  • Out of Pocket -including payment plans

For more details about these insurance options, read the full blog post:

3. You wanted to know: Are you at risk of developing eye floaters?

70% of people will experience an eye floater at some point in their lives. Some causes of eye floaters are connected to heredity and aging, but there are other factors that can increase your level of risk:

  • Nearsightedness
  • Eye Injury
  • Post-Cataract Surgery
  • Diabetic Eye Disease
  • Uveitis (inflammation of the eye)

To learn more about these potential risks for eye floaters, check out the full blog post:

Eye floaters can be treated, and the more knowledgeable you are, the closer you are to regaining clear vision. So, let’s keep the conversation going in 2018!

Eye Floater Institute