Bloomington, MN | Laser Floater Removal (Vitreolysis) | Chu Vision Institute
Dr. Ralph Chu: One of the biggest complaints we see from our patients is the complaints of floaters. As we all age, we see floaters because the jelly in our eye condenses and it creates clumps. Those clumps cause symptoms of cobwebs and little dots floating around, and this can be one of the most common things that really bothers patients. There's some studies out there showing that the floaters are more bothersome to patients than symptoms of dry eye, cataracts, and even stroke. So patients complain of not being able to see clearly when they're trying to do their daily activities, whether it's reading or writing. They also complain of having trouble even driving at night because these floaters can cause blind spots and glare. Up until now, treating floaters required a pretty major surgery for the eye. It was called a vitrectomy, which is actually a surgical procedure where we remove the jelly from the eye. That would treat the floaters. But since that was an invasive surgery, most patients were told, "There's really nothing that we can do for your floaters. Just live with them. They're going to be like old friends for you."
Dr. Ralph Chu: So patients are out there now living with their symptoms. But for the first time, now we have a laser device that can actually help remove floaters in a noninvasive way. Well, this is actually the laser that performs the vitreolysis here, it's very similar to the devices we use to examine patients. So the patients are very comfortable, they place their chins on this rest here. The procedure requires no anesthesia. It's painless, noninvasive. It lasts for about 15-20 minutes. It may take one or two or three sessions, depending on how many floaters, how large they are for the patients. But the recovery is quick and it doesn't require any drops. Now, if you have a floater or you're bothered by a floater, the first thing I would do is get a good eye exam. Go to your eye doctor, get your eyes examined. And if the floater looks like a treatable, we're here to help.