Many people have asked me about floaters and whether there is any treatment for it. First of all, let us understand that floaters are very common. Almost 70-80% of individuals will experience floaters at some point in their lives. Does this mean that everyone with floaters needs to have Eye floaters treatment? The answer to that is NO. The majority of floaters are left alone and require no treatment at all.

What are eye floaters?

Floaters are the little black, grey or translucent dots that we occasionally see floating in our vision. We think it’s a fly, but no, it’s not! The floater sits within our eyeball and is a shadow cast by the condensed vitreous gel as it moves in our eye.

cataract surgery and vitrectomy to remove their floaters can be performed at the same time if the patient wishes to be floater-free. Many of my patients jump at the opportunity to be relieved of their annoying floaters since the procedure can be done at the same time.

No, you do not need to live with your floaters forever. There are various options that you can consider if your floaters are very troubling. Get an easy eye assessment to determine if you can free yourself from your floaters finally. 

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