Surgical Eye Floater Removal (A.K.A. Vitrectomy)
This option is an outpatient, surgical procedure where the vitreous jelly inside of your eye is completely removed and replaced with a clear saline solution.
This option is most suited for patients that are experiencing multiple, diffuse, or cloud-like floaters, and have significant interference with activities of daily living. The advantage of vitrectomy is that all eye floaters are removed permanently. This painless surgery lasts approximately 15 minutes under local anesthesia in an outpatient surgery center. There are no significant restrictions following surgery, and eye floaters are immediately resolved.
If you have been dealing with eye floaters for at least 6 months, please give our office a call to schedule a consultation for a floater evaluation!
Are there risks for these procedures?
Laser floater removal is a non-invasive procedure with a low risk for complication. Rarely, laser energy may cause a retinal bleed or lens damage. Surgical removal of floaters involves a 1% to 2% risk for retinal detachment in the weeks or months following vitrectomy. Patients who have not yet undergone cataract surgery can expect the earlier-than-expected formation of cataract following vitrectomy.
Dr. Shane and Dr. Brugger will explain all of the risks, benefits, and alternatives to treatment with you during your evaluation and recommend which option is best for you!
How many floater treatments has your office done?
Dr. Shane and Dr. Brugger have performed hundreds of floater treatments – both Laser and Surgical! It makes us so extremely happy when our patients tell us that their vision has significantly improved following a floater treatment, once again reminding us of our goal to improve every patient’s vision!
I’ve Had Cataract Surgery Already, Can I still Undergo a Floater Treatment Procedure?
Yes! Patients who have had Cataract surgery already are still able to receive one of the two floater treatment options above. You should discuss with Dr. Shane or Dr. Brugger which option is best for you!
Will my Health Insurance cover or help pay for a floater treatment?
Dr. Shane and Dr. Brugger are in-network with most major health insurance plans, and both floater treatment options are often covered by your insurance, subject to your preexisting co-pays and deductibles! Our office will obtain authorization with your insurance before performing a procedure. When calling to schedule a floater evaluation appointment, feel free to ask one of our staff members more about this so we can answer any questions you may have!
Do I need a referral for a floater evaluation?
No! You do not need to be referred by another healthcare provider. If you are experiencing floaters, especially new ones, it is important to have them quickly evaluated.