What is laser floater treatment?
Laser floater treatment, also known as Vitreolysis is a non-invasive procedure that can reduce the visual disturbance caused by floaters. The procedure is performed in-office and usually takes less than 30 minutes. Some patients require multiple sessions. The procedure is pain-free, only requiring topical anesthesia for placement of a special contact lens during the procedure. Surgeons have introduced this treatment option as a less invasive option to managing visual disturbances caused by chronic eye floaters.
We are proud to be one of the few providers in the Chicagoland area that house the Tango Reflex laser from Ellex. The Reflex™ Technology allows our surgeons to provide laser floater treatment to the right candidates. Managing disturbing eye floaters with LFT can help delay or obviate the need for surgery (vitrectomy) in some patients.
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WHAT ARE FLOATERS?
When we are born, the inside of the eye is filled with a transparent gelatinous substance known as vitreous. As we age, that substance begins to break down often leading to debilitating “eye floaters”. These are often described as cobwebs, threads, noodles, and rings. Most of the time, patients are able to adapt to the shadows created by the floaters and continue on with minimal impact on their lifestyle. However, in a minority of patients, the floaters can be so significant that they negatively impact a patient’s lifestyle.
It’s important to know that new floaters can be a sign of more serious retinal pathology and warrants a visit to your ophthalmologists for a comprehensive exam.