Ever notice those strange specks or clouds floating around in your field of vision? They’re precisely that: “floaters”. They’re a natural part of the aging process, but they can also be particularly annoying for people who’ve begun to notice more and more of them.

While you might think that floaters exist on the top of your eye, the truth is that they’re actually inside your eye. As we get older, the vitreous (the clear gel-like substance that fills the inside of the eye) tends to shrink slightly and detach from the retina – thus resulting in clumps within the eye. What you see are the shadows of these clumps cast on the retina, the light-sensitive nerve layer lining the back of the eye. It’s perfectly natural and common, although many patients can find that their vision is significantly impacted by the development of too many floaters.

Which brings us to our main question: Is there a treatment for eye floaters?

Yes! In fact, it’s known as the laser floater removal. The main goal of this non-invasive treatment is to get rid of the floaters that are preventing you from enjoying your full field of vision. The treatment is straightforward and extremely effective: pulses of laser light energy are used to evaporate the floaters, leaving behind clearer eyesight.

The best candidates for laser floater removal are people over the age of 45, individuals who have developed a significant number of floaters in a short period of time, and people who feel as though their vision has been impaired by large floaters.

 

Are you interested in learning more about treating your floaters with laser floater removal? Schedule a consultation with ophthalmologist Dr. Jacqueline Griffiths at NewView Eye Center in Reston, VA today. Dr. Griffiths is a leading expert in laser floater removal, and will be happy to answer any of your questions. 703-834-9777

NewView Eye Center serves the greater Washington, DC metro area.