New Treatment Could Reduce Floaters in Your Eye

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The Floaters are small thread-like strands, or squiggly lines. They move as your eyes move and seem to dart away when you try to look at them directly. They do not follow your eye movements precisely, and usually drift when your eyes stop moving.

Most people have floaters and learn to ignore them; they are usually not noticed until they become numerous or more prominent. Floaters can become apparent when looking at something bright, such as white paper or a blue sky. Your average everyday squiggler is caused a piece of proteins called collagen. Floating in the dissolved gel-like fluid in the back of the eye. Cast shadows on the retina when light enters the eye.

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Sometimes a section of the vitreous pulls the fine fibers away from the retina all at once. Rather than gradually, causing many new floaters to appear suddenly. This is called a vitreous detachment, which in most cases is not sight-threatening and requires no treatment. However, a sudden increase in floaters, possibly accompanied by light flashes or peripheral (side) vision loss, could indicate a retinal detachment. The image represents the vision of people effected with floaters.

YAG laser vitreolysis treatment

A retinal detachment occurs when any part of the retina. The eye’s light-sensitive tissue is lifted or pulled from its normal position at the back wall of the eye. Most the time easily ignored, But for some people, especially the elderly these squiggling nuisances can be so severe it affects their ability to see. In serious cases, they can be an indication of retinal detachment or a retinal tear.

Dr Chirag Shah and Dr Jeffrey Heier of Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston are the brains behind. The new study to fine-up a non-invasive solution to this problem. That laser treatments used on floaters for years. But there’s very little scientific literature on its effectiveness. So, they gathered 52 patients. 36 of these underwent the YAG laser vitreolysis while the rest received a placebo treatment which used a super-weak dud laser.

54 percent of the group who received the YAG laser treatment. Significant improvement in their symptoms, compared with sham controls. The treatment also appeared to be relatively safe with no participants reporting any adverse effects.

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Much more work is required before a widely available treatment. As the study authors note. This is study only has 52 patients and the follow-up period was not long enough. Definitively establish whether the treatment had a lasting effect.

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