Any procedure to help with floaters after cataract surgery?

Discussion in 'Laser Eye Surgery' started by Mark, Mar 4, 2008.

  1. Mark

    Mark Guest

    About two months after my cataract surgery, I developed large floaters
    in both eyes. One eye doctor that examined my eyes for a glasses
    prescription said it was vitreous separation. The floaters are
    causing some difficulty in reading text as well as other activities.
    My surgeon said that I would just have to put up with them, but the
    eye doctor said that the floaters will move to the bottom part of my
    eye in a few weeks due to gravity. I'm wondering if jogging or
    jumping on a trampoline to increase gravity would accelerate the
    floaters moving to the bottom part of my eyes without increasing the
    risk of retinal detachment? Is there any (low risk) technique to
    reduce or eliminate the floaters (e.g., laser)?
    Mark, Mar 4, 2008
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    Ms.Brainy Guest

    Vitrectomy, but I am not sure it's worth it, unless your flaters are
    disabling and absolutely unbearable.
    Ms.Brainy, Mar 5, 2008
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    The Real Bev Guest

    What's the downside besides expense and time? If floaters seriously
    interfere with normal activities I would think that vitrectomy would be
    a viable option.
    The Real Bev, Mar 5, 2008
  4. I think not. Vitrectomy is a majorly invasive procedure and should be
    reserved for the worst, horrible, intractable and unbearable floaters.
    If they are all of that, fine. Otherwise, get used to them. consider
    them friends. Companions. They will be there as long as you are...

    w.stacy, o.d.
    William Stacy, O.D., Mar 5, 2008
  5. Mark

    Mark Guest

    Are there any supplements, such as L-Lysine, that might help the eye
    to repair the jelly like material? Instead of replacing the jelly-
    like material, couldn't the surgeon just fill the empty space with
    saline? Wouldn't that make the floater disappear? What if I just
    drink more water? Could that have any effect? If the vitreous
    material separates from the retina, is it possible that the crack or
    gap in the vitreous material would close and reseal itself? What
    about the trampoline idea? I don't quite understand how gravity would
    make a crack move down to the bottom of the eye.
    Mark, Mar 5, 2008

  6. I have a theory that some floaters may be gas [nitrogen]
    bubbles. The thermal solubility gradient across the eyeball
    is a mechanism that could provide a continuous supply.

    These floaters should be reduced by reducing the gradient:
    wearing [tighter] glasses or goggles, reduced airspeeds
    around the eye, moister and warmer air at the eye.

    -- Robert
    Robert Redelmeier, Mar 5, 2008
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