My New Year’s Resolution? Clear Vision
It’s a new year, which means it’s time to make a list of resolutions that, if we are honest, may or may not happen. Here is one resolution though, that you can have a high degree of confidence in making: finally getting rid of those disabling and annoying eye floaters. It’s easier than ever to eliminate these disruptions to your vision. With this new year comes new research on eye floaters and new treatment options.
Resolve to stop letting floaters get in your way. Here are five easy steps to take back your clear vision:
1. Do Some Research
You will want to confirm that you are truly experiencing eye floaters and not a different eye condition. Eye floaters are spots that disrupt your field of vision. During your research, make sure you understand the cause and symptoms of eye floaters.
The other major topic you should research is treatment. With new research happening every year, there are treatment options that even your eye doctor might not have mentioned yet. To give you a head start, here are the three most common eye floater treatment options.
Option 1: Do Nothing
Some doctors might tell you “learn to live” with your floaters.
Option 2: Vitrectomy
This is a surgical option to treat floaters, where a doctor removes the vitreous gel from your eye. It may be the only option for certain types of eye floaters, but it also does come with risks such as Retinal Detachment, Retinal Tears, and Future Cataracts.
Option 3: Laser Floater Removal
Laser Floater Removal or (LFR) is a new technology in eye floater treatment that does not require invasive surgery. In this quick outpatient procedure, doctors use a laser to break apart and vaporize the eye floater with a low complication rate. There are also associated risks like any surgery, so make sure you discuss this with your doctor.
2. Find a Doctor
Not sure if your doctor can treat eye floaters? It can’t hurt to ask. Though if the answer is ‘no’ or you want to find a doctor who is guaranteed to have the specialized technology, experience, and knowledge you are looking for, you can FIND A DOCTOR here: https://www.eyefloaterinstitute.com/find-a-doctor/. These doctors are well versed in the latest medical advancements in the treatment of floaters.
3. Prepare for Your Appointment
To fully prepare for your appointment, start writing things down. Here are a few tips to help your doctor understand your medical history and ensure you get the answers you need:
Draw your eye floater
Eye Floaters can look like a variety of things, including grey or black dots, cobwebs, squiggly lines, or rings. Knowing what your floater looks like and being able to describe how it disrupts your vision will let your doctor know the severity. On this page you can also detail your symptoms about how this floater has impacted your life. Has the floater prevented you from doing anything in your daily life, such as reading or driving? How large is it? What can or can’t you see well?
Compile your medical history
Make sure you know your family’s medical history - is there a history of eye conditions? Also, make a list of your allergies, pre-existing conditions, previous surgeries, and current medications. Plus, anything else you think your doctor should know about your health!
Your list of questions and concerns
Walking into an appointment without a written sheet of questions might mean you forget to ask something. Here are some questions you may want to add to your own list:
• Is there an underlying cause to my condition?
• What are my treatment options?
• What are the risks or complications of these options?
• Is there follow-up care after these treatments?
• How long do they take and how soon should I see results?
• What is the recovery time?
• How might my condition change if not treated?
• What is your experience in treating eye floaters?
• What is the cost of treatment and will my insurance cover anything?
4. Have a Candid Conversation with your Doctor
Part of this conversation should address your medical background as well as all your questions and concerns. The other part of this conversation should address treatment options. With your research and your list of questions at your side, you can have a productive conversation with your doctor and get all of your questions and concerns addressed. Just make sure that you ask for clarification if the doctor uses any terminology you are unfamiliar with and ask more questions as they arise. There is no foolish question, because you are talking about your health and your quality of life. By the time you leave, you should be satisfied and armed with the information you need.
ProTip: Take a notebook to write down your doctor’s answers and to jot down further thoughts and questions so you don’t forget anything!
5. Decide on the Best Course of Treatment
By the time you reach this fifth step, you are ready to take action on your eye floaters with the guidance of your doctor. You don’t have to simply “live with your floaters”, because there are treatment options out there for you. So, talk to a doctor with anticipation of fulfilling the goal of removing your eye floaters and experiencing clear vision!