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Eye Floaters Surgery
Eye floaters surgery is the conventional solution for eye floaters. Eye floaters are describes as dots, lines or specks that some people see; this condition is more common in older adults but can occur in anyone. Eye floaters are annoying at best, and an indication of a serious underlying condition at worst. It is essential that you seek out medical advice when you first develop eye floaters, so that any underlying conditions are managed in time. For example, eye floaters can develop as a result of a retinal tear. Untreated, this can progress into retinal detachment and blindness. You should also seek medical advice if your pre-existing eye floaters suddenly increase in size and number, or dramatically change in appearance.
Once your doctor has confirmed that there is no underlying condition, you will be told that you can either undergo medical treatment or learn to live with them. Unfortunately, the only medical treatment for eye floaters is surgery.
There are two types of eye floaters surgery: vitrectomy and laser removal. Laser removal involves breaking up the floaters using laser, however, not everyone is eligible for this surgical procedure. To be eligible, the number of floaters must be small, and the distance between the floaters and the lens, as well as the distance between the floaters and the retina, has to be above a certain threshold. In addition, some types of floaters cannot be treated with this intervention, e.g. floaters that are very flexible or very large. Furthermore, laser removal is a fairly risky procedure and there is a significant chance that things go wrong.
The other type of surgery for eye floaters is vitrectomy. In this procedure, an apparatus is used to suck out the vitreous humor (the solution in the eye ball), and the particles and debris in it. Then, a synthetic saline solution is pumped into the eyeball to replace the vitreous humor. Although this operation effectively removes the floaters, it is associated with a number of potential dangers, including serious eye infections, cataracts and other complications.
In light of these issues with both types of eye floaters surgery, these procedures are rarely recommended and patients are often told to learn to live with their eye floaters. However, eye floaters do not simply go away and often will get worse with time. They can be particularly annoying for persons who work at jobs that require visual precision and persons who participate in sports that are heavily reliant on good visual acuity.
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