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How do people live with severe eye floaters?

Heier recommends only two approaches to dealing with floaters: ignore them, or in extreme cases, have surgery. In the surgery, called vitrectomy, a surgeon removes the gel — along with its floaters — from the back of the eye. It’s effective, but it has risks, including cataracts (cloudy lenses) and retinal detachment.

What can be done about large floaters in the eye?

Vitrectomy A vitrectomy is an invasive surgery that can remove eye floaters from your line of vision. Within this procedure, your eye doctor will remove the vitreous through a small incision. The vitreous is a clear, gel-like substance that keeps the shape of your eye round.

How does an ophthalmologist remove floaters from the eye?

Treatment. An ophthalmologist removes the vitreous through a small incision (vitrectomy) and replaces it with a solution to help your eye maintain its shape. Surgery may not remove all the floaters, and new floaters can develop after surgery. Risks of a vitrectomy include bleeding and retinal tears. Using a laser to disrupt the floaters.

Can a floater in the eye cause blindness?

Benign floaters are NEVER a threat to the health of the eye no matter how dense and bothersome they may be. Although they may be large enough to obstruct central vision at times, they are not a cause of blindness.

What causes blood floaters in the retina?

Bleeding in the eye: Hypertension, blocked blood vessels, diabetes, or injuries can cause bleeding inside your eye. You will register blood cells as floaters. Tumor: A tumor in or around the eye can put pressure on the area and cause changes within the structure of the eye, including to the vitreous humor and the retina. This can cause floaters.

Where do floaters go in the retina as you age?

As you age, the vitreous starts to shrink within your eye, creating these small particles. Floaters slowly drift through the vitreous. As they move, they pass in front of your macula (the center of the retina), which allows you to see them. Floaters are very common and, for many people, are a part of the natural aging process.