Many short sighted or people passing through middle to old age suffer to some degree from floaters, the black dots or larger that appear in one or both eyes. They can last for a few hours or days or become permanent and in some cases will increase to such an extent that they can impair vision. In even the mildest cases they can become an increasingly visual irritant. Curing the problem has been hit or miss or involving surgery with its attendant dangers.
Vitreous Jelly Deteriorates
Floaters are the result of the deterioration of the vitreous jelly that fills the eye ball becoming more fluid due to age or short sightedness. Surrounding the vitreous jelly is a lining made up of collagen clumps of which break free to float in the vitreous fluid as it deteriorates. These floaters can be occasional and disappear after a short time or number in the hundreds in a variety of shapes and are permanent.
Pain Free Cure for Eye Floaters
The good news for eye floater sufferers is that a new laser treatment has been developed that can cure the affliction without pain and virtually eradicating the dangers of previous treatments.
In earlier laser treatments the surgeon first needed to see into the eye using a light source to locate the floaters. As a laser beam can not be activated at the same time as a light beam, this meant that because of the delay accurately targeting the floaters was hit or miss.
The alternative was an invasive surgical procedure where the vitreous fluid is removed together with the floaters and replaced with a saline solution. The procedure is known as a victrectomy, healing time is about two weeks and there is always the danger of an infection although this treatment is largely safe and has good results.
New Effective Laser Zaps Eye Floaters
Thanks to a new development in laser treatment there is now an effective, pain free procedure that can eliminate floaters entirely. The laser machine, known as the LEH-Vitlase, sends a strong light beam into the eye until a fraction of a second before the laser beam is activated, allowing the surgeon to accurately zap each floater at up to three shots per second.
The larger the floater the more shots it needs to disappear with up to twenty or more zaps on the largest. This treatment is not completely without risk as if too many shots are used at once, inflammation can be caused which may lead to pressure building in the eye that can damage the retina. Should this occur it can be treated effectively with eye drops.