Floaters of the eye commonly occur as the result of age-related changes to the vitreous gel. At birth, the vitreous is firmly attached to the retina and is a thick, firm substance without much movement. As we age, the vitreous becomes thinner and more watery, and tissue debris that was once secure in the firm vitreous gel is now able to move around on the inside the eye, casting shadows on the retina.
Floaters occur when fibers move across the vitreous and into the field of vision, causing patients to see specks, strands, webs or other shapes as the fibers cast shadows on the retina.
If you have bothersome floaters, you may be a candidate for laser floater removal, or Laser Vitreolysis. This is a simple, safe, highly successful outpatient procedure that can vaporize and break up floaters. In the past, the only cure for this was surgery, but now, we can do it in a few minutes in the office with this painless laser treatment.