The majority of floaters are harmless and require no treatment. They will not disappear completely but they will usually fade with time. In many cases you will just stop noticing them.
However, sometimes they can become very annoying. If so, there are some things you can try to get rid of them temporarily.
Roll your eyes up, down, and side-to-side to try moving the debris from your field of vision. Moving your eyes shifts the fluid in your eyes, hopefully moving the debris too.
If you experience floaters, it is best to get regular eye examinations. You doctor can begin to monitor them so they will notice if there is any increase in numbers. He/she will also check to make sure they are not caused by anything too serious.
Floaters can be so large or there could be so many that they begin to have an impact on your vision. In these cases, further treatment can be sought. Though, unfortunately, there are very few treatments available at this time.
During an eye exam, your eye doctor will be able to diagnose floaters. Using eye drops, they will dilate the pupils giving a better view of the retina and the vitreous. The doctor is then able to check for any damage to the retina.
Eye drops may help in some situations by keeping the eye lubricated.
One of the treatments available for severe cases is a surgery called a vitrectomy. During the operation, the vitreous is removed from the eye and replaced with a salt solution. This helps maintain the eyes natural shape.
A vitrectomy is considered a high-risk procedure and can lead to further complications with the eye. It is also not guaranteed to remove all of the floaters and may not stop new ones from appearing in the future. Because of this, a vitrectomy will only be recommended in extreme cases.
Laser treatments are becoming increasingly popular but they are not suitable in all cases. Your eye specialist will advise you on which treatment option is best for you.
If you notice several new floaters, experience light flashes or a change in your peripheral vision, seek medical help immediately. Book an appointment at the New Jersey Eye Center as soon as possible.