Laser Treatments for Floaters

What are those irritating spots in my eyes and will they ever go away? Sound familiar?

The answer is YES, you may be able to eliminate them.

Floaters are a common nuisance for most adults and are due to our aging process. At a young age, the vitreous (the gel like substance in the eye) is transparent but as one ages, imperfections gradually develop. The common type of floater, which is present in most persons’ eyes, is due to degenerative changes of the vitreous humor. Most often it is due to the separation of the vitreous gel from the back of the eye (the retina).

Floaters are visible because of the shadows they cast on the retina or refraction of the light that passes through them, and can appear as just one spot or together with several others that will cover more space. They may appear as spots, threads, or fragments of cobwebs, which float slowly before the eyes.

Whenever floaters appear, it is necessary to have an ophthalmic examination to determine the cause. If the symptons are caused by degenerative changes, you may be eligible for treatment with LFT (Laser Floater Treatment) with a YAG laser. The laser uses pulses of light to evaporate the vitreous floaters and to sever the vitreous strands. The floaters’ molecules are converted into gas bubbles which quickly dissolve and are reabsorbed into the vitreous.