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Floaters
February 2003

Q. I recently received an eye floater from a blow by a wood working tool. Its been checked and there are no retinal tears, just a floater. I was told to leave it alone and that it should move its way out of my line of sight. In the meantime I've researched the subject and found that there are many sufferers who have floaters and are reaching out to find a cure.

There are laser treatments but a lot of skeptical doctors say it doesn't work. There's FOV - Floaters only Vitrectomy, but it has a lot of complications like cataracts and so forth. Is the vitreous fluid eventually replaced with saline solution used in an FOV? Using this method, can one go in and suck out the floaters, leaving the vitreous fluid intact?

A. Floaters, the presence of a spot or speck in the line of vision, is a common vision complaint. Most commonly these develop from cellular debris in the fluid chamber of the eye. They tend to lessen over time. At times the same symptoms can develop from more serious conditions such as a retinal detachment. A thorough exam by an ophthalmologist can establish the right diagnosis and treatment. As you have suggested, there is no specific treatment that has been proven safe and effective.

http://www.medem.com/medlb/article_detaillb.cfm?article_ID=ZZZAZJE0G4C&sub_cat=118

http://www.nei.nih.gov/health/retinaldetach/index.htm

http://www.merck.com/pubs/mmanual/section8/chapter90/90b.htm

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