LASER Floater Treatment

In-office Laser Treatment for Floaters

If floaters are getting in the way of clear vision, schedule an evaluation to see if your floaters can be reduced or eliminated.

Our state-of-the-art Ultra Q Reflex™ is the only YAG laser designed to perform both anterior and posterior YAG treatments – and is ideally suited for the treatment of vitreous strands and opacities. It allows Dr. Moran to target floaters.  This laser has unique settings that offer the right amount of energy to safely eliminate floaters.

To find out if you are a candidate for this treatment, schedule an evaluation appointment. At this visit, we will dilate your eyes so that Dr. Moran can assess the back of your eye to see if he can safely treat your floater. 

What is a Floater?

You may have noticed gray specks, cobwebs, or squiggly lines floating across your field of vision.  They may be more noticeable when you look at a white background, or against a clear sky.

As we age, floaters become more common. These visual disturbances are caused by collagen fibers that clump together and float through the vitreous of your eye.  These fibers cast shadows on your retina, and affect how well you see.

Floaters can be a minor distraction when you see them infrequently. However, when floaters interfere with your everyday vision, it may be time to consider laser treatment.

Treatment for Floaters:

Laser vitreolysis is an FDA-approved, painless and safe treatment for eye floaters.  The procedure developed in the 80’s but required a large amount of energy to remove. With the technology of the Ultra-Q laser much smaller, safer amounts of energy can clear floaters.

While you are seated in the exam chair, Dr. Moran uses a YAG laser to target floaters in the eye.  The laser pulses break the floaters apart and/or vaporizes them so that they no longer interfere with your vision.

To see if your floaters are right for this treatment, Dr. Moran will consider a number of factors:

  • Your age
  • Location of floaters
  • How quickly the floaters appeared
  • How long the floaters have been present
  • Shape and border of your floater

Dr. Moran will advise you on how to proceed with your floaters.  The next step would be to set up an appointment for the Laser treatment if needed.  In some cases, more than one treatment may be necessary to effectively treat your floaters.