What’s the treatment for floaters in the eyes?
Unfortunately, there is currently no treatment for floaters. So, if you’ve got annoying floaters, I know it can be so frustrating. Right now they actually are studying some laser surgery that can be done. Now, obviously that’s shooting a laser into the back of your eye to zap those floaters out of there but they are looking at that and I’m sure there are some places now, mostly Ophthalmology offices, that are actually doing that already. For right now, we just tell people that you just have to try to to ignore them unless they’re getting worse or they’re big black or red floaters (which can mean pigment or blood). Then, obviously we want to see you right away. However, if it’s just your normal, everyday floaters, that when you look at a bright blue sky you see them floating around in your vision, there’s really nothing that you can do about them right now. I hate not having an answer at all for you!
Your brain does amazing things, though. If you could see everything that was in your eye you’d go nuts because you have blood vessels back there and you’d be able to see your blood running through the blood vessels, if your brain chose to focus on that. So, floaters eventually get out of your way from gravity, they sink down to the bottom of your eye a bit and your brain just gets used to them.
Here's a fun game you can try out as well... Look up, take a flashlight, and shine it over to your eye and if you keep flickering it back and forth you’ll actually start to see your blood vessels and blood flowing through. It’s pretty crazy. If you look closely enough and pay attention to it, you’ll actually see the individual blood cells going through the blood vessels. The next time you go to your eye doctor you can test this out, but when we’re looking into your eyes you can actually see your own blood vessels like when we have you look to the side. I get a lot of patients that say “Oh my gosh! I can see my blood vessels,” and absolutely you can. It’s just a whole mind game and you just have to ignore them.
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