Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Can I Get Rid of Eye Floaters?

Friday, 17 August 2012 09:26 AM

Question: I have “floaters” in both eyes. They do seem to obstruct my vision a little. Is there anything that can get rid of them?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
Eye floaters are those tiny spots, specks, flecks and "cobwebs" that drift aimlessly around in your field of vision. Be sure to be examined by your opthamologist or general doctor if these are new, to be sure a more seroius eye or circulatory issue is not present.
While annoying, ordinary eye floaters and spots are very common and usually are not cause for alarm. Many will fade over time and become less bothersome. Most eye floaters are caused by age-related changes that occur as the jelly-like substance (vitreous) inside your eyes becomes more liquid. Sometimes people request for surgery to remove floaters, but doctors are willing to perform such surgery only in rare instances when vision is seriously hampered. At this time, the only way to "clear" the vitreous and its specks and webs would be to remove the gel-like substance (vitreous) entirely from the eye through a vitrectomy procedure. Usually, the vitreous then is replaced with a saline liquid.
However, if you see flashes of light with or without floaters, see your eye doctor immediately.

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Eye floaters are very common and many will fade over time.
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