Do you notice dark specks floating in your field of vision? Are they so numerous that you’ve actually found it distracting, or worse, unable to really use your full scope of vision?

If that’s the case, you may be a candidate for laser floater removal at NewView Eye Center in Reston, VA.

How Does It Treat Floaters on My Eye?

Laser floater removal (more officially known as laser vitreolysis) is a simple and non-invasive treatment that uses pulses of laser light to quickly target and break down the floaters that are present in your eyes. Once these clumps have been broken down, they’re reabsorbed by the eye, which helps clear up your vision.

The entire length of the procedure will take about 30 minutes to perform; after the treatment, most patients will see an almost-immediate improvement in their vision quality.

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Why Do Floaters Happen

Not sure why or how these floaters happen in the first place? The vitreous humor is the clear, jelly-like substance in the main chamber of the eye, located between the lens and the retina.

At a young age, the vitreous is perfectly transparent. Over time as the eye ages, this vitreous humor can degenerate, losing its form and liquefying. Without the stable vitreous humor, the collagen fibers collapse and bind together to form clumps and knots. It is these fibers, which cast shadows on the retina and appear as spots, strings, or cobwebs that are commonly referred to as ‘floaters’.

In many cases as the eye ages further, the vitreous humor can peel away from the retina entirely. This is known as Posterior Vitreous Detachment (PVD). PVD is often associated with a sudden increase in the number of floaters. Virtually every individual has experienced or will experience the visual shadows caused by vitreous strands and opacities, commonly referred to as ‘floaters’, during their lifetime. For most, this event is a minor and short-lived inconvenience, but for some, it can become a disabling condition.

Take the Next Step

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 in Reston, Virginia serves the greater Washington, DC metro area.