Laser Vitreolysis (Laser Floater Removal)

Floaters can have a negative effect on a patient's quality of life, one that has traditionally been largely underestimated. Patients who experience floaters indicate that they not only impede vision but they also detract from visual quality and functioning and can have a psychological impact as well.

In the past, vitrectomy has been commonly considered the gold standard for the treatment of debilitating floater symptoms. Due to the risk of complications associated with the procedure (infection, macular edema, and retinal detachment), many eye doctors were reluctant to recommend and perform vitrectomy. Instead, they reserved it for only the most severe and distressing cases.

Laser vitreolysis, also known as laser floater removal, uses an ophthalmic laser to vaporize vitreous strands and opacities. It does not have the risks of infection, bleeding, or retinal detachment that come with vitrectomy.

During laser vitreolysis, a YAG laser emits short, small bursts of energy. This energy converts the floaters into a gas which is then resorbed into the eye.

WK Eye Institute physicians are pleased to offer this new YAG laser technology. To schedule an evaluation to see if you are a candidate for this procedure, call WK Eye Institute North, South or Pierremont.

The following WK Eye Institute doctors offer this procedure: