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Are floaters permanent

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Are floaters permanent
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr SH replied 2 years ago.
Hi there
Thank you for your question.
Yes floaters are generally permanent.
Let me know if you have more questions.
Kind regards
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 2 years ago.

Hi. My name is***** and I am online and available to help you today. Thank you for your patience and for requesting me. I am a retina surgeon.

Question and answer is just one of the services I offer. I can also provide you with additional services, such as live telephone consultation, at a small additional cost. Let me know if you are interested.

And the answer to your question is.....

Yes.....

And No.

Please allow me to explain:

What can you do about the floaters? Well, floaters don't go away, and they don't really get worse. Over time they tend to "sink" out of your central vision and you brain "filters" them out so you don't notice them so much anymore. They almost never cause significant visual problems except, of course, if they cause a secondary retinal detachment as discussed above. The only way to decrease or remove the floaters is with a major surgery called a vitrectomy. As a retinal specialist for almost 2 decades I only do this procedure to remove floaters in extreme cases.

In January 2013 a new drug, called Ocriplasmin, was approved by the FDA to dissolve vitreous strands in a particular eye condition called vitreomacular traction. Perhaps someday this drug could be used to also remove floaters…. Only time will tell.

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Dr. Rick MD FACS