Conditions

Floaters

LEH VitLase™ – Freedom From Floaters

Introducing the new LEH VitLase™, an exclusive treatment for floaters at the London Eye Hospital.

What are floaters

Floaters are small shapes that some people see floating in their field of vision.
They can be different shapes and sizes and may look like:

  • tiny black dots
  • small, shadowy dots
  • larger cloud-like spots
  • long, narrow strands

The shapes appear to float in front of everything that a person looks at. Some people can ignore them but there are now a number of options for treatment with laser treatment becoming more popular given the speed and safety of the procedure.

floaters

What causes floaters?

Floaters are small pieces of debris that float in the eye’s vitreous humour. Vitreous humour is a clear, jelly-like substance that fills the space in the middle of the eyeball. The debris casts shadows on to the retina (the light-sensitive tissue that lines the back of the eye). If you have floaters, it is these shadows you will see. Floaters can occur as your eyes change with age. In most cases, they do not cause significant problems and do not require treatment. In rare cases, floaters may be a sign of a retinal tear or retinal detachment (where the retina starts to pull away from the blood vessels that supply it with oxygen and nutrients). Floaters cannot be prevented because they are part of the natural ageing process.

Treating floaters

In most cases, floaters do not cause major problems and do not require treatment. Eye drops or similar types of medication will not make floaters disappear. After a while, your brain learns to ignore floaters and you may not notice them. If a floater appears in your direct line of vision, moving your eye up and down may help. This causes the vitreous humour in your eye to move around, which can shift the floater elsewhere. If your floaters do not improve over time, or if they significantly affect your vision, a vitrectomy may be recommended. This is a surgical operation to remove the vitreous humour in your eye along with any floating debris and replace it with a saline (salty) solution. If your retina has become detached, surgery is the only way to re-attach it. Without surgery, a total loss of vision is almost certain. In 90% of cases, only one operation is needed to re-attach the retina.

Floater treatment by LEH VitLase™

The ‘new laser’ is an evolution to the traditional YAG laser treatment for floaters, using unique patented technology and optimised optics the surgeon is able to accurately visualise the floaters before applying the laser. This means the treatment is faster, more accurate and safer.

One of the traditional disadvantages of treating floaters with a YAG laser is the risk associated with retinal thickening, increased IOP or collateral damage to the surrounding structure of the eye. With the ‘new laser’ a more refined beam enable more accurate treatments mitigating these risks.

If you have had lens replacement surgery in the past then treatment with traditional YAG lasers may caused pitting of the lens. The ‘new laser’ uses the latest technological advances to achieve optical breakdown of the floaters a ultra-low energy levels therefore reducing the risk of inadvertently marking the implanted lens.

The ‘new laser’ has the fastest firing rate of up to 3 shots per second therefore allowing for the treatment to be completed quickly and efficiently. Overall the LEH VitLase™ provides the safest and quickest effective laser treatment for floaters and is exclusively available at the London Eye Hospital.

The next step

If you suffer from floaters please contact us to arrange an appointment with one of our retinal surgeons. At the detailed consultation all treatment options for floaters will be discussed with you including the LEH VitLase™.

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