Ophthalmology and Optometry optometry have not been concerned with the topic for some time and still do not prioritise the issue of harmless “floaters”.
“Floaters” may be characterized by the medical profession as harmless, provided no pathological basis is present such as a retinal detachment.
However, for those affected they are by no means considered harmless. Vitreous opacities can be extremely disruptive and cause a constant stress. It restricts not only the quality of vision but can lead to emotional stress through to depression in patients.
Therefore, you should definitely do something. There are ways to reduce the disturbances or at least to reduce the number of threads and dots.
A healthy diet with lots of fresh vegetables and water is not only good for the body, but also for your eyes. Try to eat fresh vegetables as often as possible and avoid fast food.
Additionally, you can take daily vitamins and certain specially prepared phytonutrients in the form of capsules. VitroCap®N is focused on the increased demand for micronutrients at the appearance of “floaters”.
Before you continue to read, please be advised that an operation is not risk-free and should only be considered as a last resort. Get detailed advice from your eye care professional and ask lots of questions. Get at least a second opinion from another eye care professional.
In very few cases, there is no other option than the surgical treatment of vitreous opacities. Currently there are two widely used methods of surgery with the corresponding advantages but also risks.
Laser treatment: Laser Treatment: Although the laser technique on the eye has improved significantly in recent years, this treatment remains a technically difficult procedure. In laser treatment, only larger floaters can be shot away and it can not be applied too close to the macula (center of the eye). Thus 1. not the complete elimination of the “eye-floaters” can be done and 2. this therapy does not prevent the formation of new “eye-floaters”.
Vitrectomy: This extensive vitreous surgery is reserved for much more serious pathologies of the posterior segment (such as proliferative diabetic retinopathy). In this case, most of the entire vitreous body fluid is removed and replaced with a chemically similar substance. With help of the vitrectomy the majority of floater particles are removed. The most common risk of this procedure is cataract (clouding of the lens) within the first year.