If you suffer from moving shadows in your vision due to vitreal condensations, fibers, strands, and/or clouds, laser floater treatment may be an option for you. Schedule an evaluation with one of our expert surgeons to find out if you’re a candidate.
What are floaters?
Floaters are small pieces of debris that float in the eye’s vitreous humor. This debris casts shadows on the retina (the light-sensitive tissue layer at the back of the eye). If you have floaters, it is these shadows that you see floating across your field of vision.
There are several types of floaters:
Cobweb/Fibrous Strand Floater
Most common in young people, this thin, dense floater can appear as multiple dots and/or string-like cobwebs. These are a result of clumping of the collagen fibers of the vitreous. Depending on the size and location, these may be treatable with laser floater removal.
Diffuse, Cloud-Like Floater
This cloud-like floater is caused by the natural aging process. Sometimes this floater can be treated with laser floater removal, but it often requires more overall treatment to obtain satisfactory results.
Weiss Ring Floater
A Weiss Ring floater is a large, ring-shaped floater that forms as a result of PVD when the vitreous cortex pulls off the posterior wall, taking with it some of the fibrous vitreous cortex that surrounds the head of the optic nerve. This floater is usually located safely away from the crystallin lens and the retina and is fibrous. Because of this, it can be treated safely and effectively with laser floater removal.