What are Eye Floaters?

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Living with eye floaters impacts more than just your vision. Floaters can make it hard to
enjoy things that improve your quality of life. We've done the research for you:
read on to learn everything you need to know about the causes,
symtoms, and treatment of the disease.

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WHAT ARE FLOATERS?

These are spots that drift through your field of vision. They are usually small, but some people can experience large floaters that disrupt their vision.

FLOATERS CAN LOOK LIKE...

Eye Floaters can Look Like Grey or Black Dots
Eye Floaters can Look Like Cobwebs
Eye Floaters can Look Like Squiggly Lines
Eye Floaters can Look Like Rings
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WHAT CAUSES EYE FLOATERS?

Most floaters are small specks of a protein called collagen. Collagen occurs naturally in the gel-like substance in the back of your eye. As we get older, the protein fibers in our eyes shrink down the stick together, like forgetting to stir cooking spaghetti. When light enters your eye, the little protein clumps cast shadows. The shadow is what comes into your field of vision and causes a floater.

Floaters are Common

WHILE SOME FLOATERS ARE SMALL AND DO NOT REQUIRE TREATMENT, LARGER FLOATERS CAN
SERIOUSLY IMPACT A PERSON'S QUALITY OF LIFE. UNTREATED FLOATERS CAN MAKE DAILY ACTIVITIES DIFFICULT, SUCH AS:

Improve Vision for Reading
Improve Vision for Driving
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HOW DO YOU GET RID OF EYE FLOATERS?

Doctors Currently Prescribe Three Different Options to Treat Floaters:

OPTION 1: DO NOTHING

Some doctors suggest "learning to live" with floaters. For some patients who do not find their floaters negatively impact their quality of life, doing nothing may be the best option.

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Treating Eye Floaters

OPTION 2: VITRECTOMY

A vitrectomy is a surgical option to treat floaters. During the procedure, a doctor removes the vitreous gel from the middle of the eye. This surgery is not as precise for floater removal as other treatment options, but it may be the only treatment option available for patients with certain types of eye floaters.

DID YOU KNOW?

While vitrectomies may be a good option for some patients, the surgery risks several complications, Including:

  • Retinal Detachment
  • Retinal Tears
  • Future Cataracts

In fact, one study showed that in patients over 50, over 50% developed a cataract within 5 years of their vitrectomy. It's important to discuss this surgery carefully with your doctor to make n informed decision on which procedure is right for you.

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OPTION 3: LASER FLOATER TREATMENT

Laser Floater Treatment (LFT) is a new technology that is currently used to treat eye floaters. It is an outpatient procedure in which a doctor uses a laser to break apart eye floaters without performing invasive surgery. LFT has a complication rate of only 0.1%, and does not increase the risk of developing cataracts in the future.

Eye Floater Removal Increase Quality of Life

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