Experiencing an occasional “floater” — a cobweb or cloudy-like shadow floating around in your visual field — is not uncommon. Most people experience these visual disturbances at some point in their lifetime. But if you experience floaters regularly or the floaters are so big that they hinder your visual acuity, you may be a great candidate for laser floater treatment.
Access Eye has introduced a new laser into our practice that is designed to treat floaters and provide much-needed relief from the symptoms associated with floaters. ELLEX Laser Vitreolysis is a minimally invasive, in-office procedure with a low complication rate. With ELLEX, you will notice an almost-immediate improvement in your visual function with virtually no downtime.
What Are Floaters?
Floaters occur due to changes in the vitreous humor, the substance that fills the center of your eye. When we are young, the vitreous is similar to a gel; with age, the vitreous gradually liquifies and the center becomes watery. Tiny vitreous particles can break loose and float around the watery portion of the vitreous. These particles are what we refer to as floaters. What you actually see is not the vitreous particles themselves but the shadows they cast onto your retina, the light-sensitive tissue that lines the back of your eye.
Symptoms of Floaters
Floaters may look like specks, strings, cobwebs or other shapes. They are usually most pronounced when looking at a plain, light background (like a sky or computer screen). Floaters appear as though they are drifting in front of your eyes and will usually float away if you try to focus on them directly.
Although the occasional floater is usually just a nuisance with virtually no effect on day-to-day activities, frequent or prominent floaters can impede visual function and tasks such as reading, driving or using a computer.
A sudden increase in eye floaters, especially those accompanied by flashes of light or a loss of peripheral vision, could indicate an eye emergency. If you experience those symptoms, you should contact your eye doctor immediately or go to the emergency room.
How Does ELLEX Work?
ELLEX is a surgical intervention for severe or troubling floaters. This minimally invasive, in-office procedure offers patients the chance at an improvement in visual function and a better quality of life.
During an ELLEX procedure, a specially designed YAG laser emits short bursts of energy to vaporize the vitreous strands causing the appearance of floaters. The laser energy converts the collagen and hyaluronin molecules of the floater into a gas that is resorbed into the eye.
The procedure takes approximately 10 to 45 minutes and is performed on an outpatient basis, so you can return home almost immediately after treatment. You may need more than one treatment to attain optimal results.
There is no downtime, recovery or need for patches or anti-inflammatory drops after treatment. You can immediately resume work or your normal activities.
Why Choose Access Eye for Floaters Treatment?
Access Eye is part of an elite group of clinics to offer ELLEX laser treatment to patients, and we have the skill set and expertise needed to master this advanced technology. Our doctors care deeply about your ocular health and visual function, and we are always looking for ways to correct problems that impede your vision.
If you suffer from prominent or frequent floaters, we believe that laser vitreolysis with ELLEX could help you achieve an immediate and significant improvement in your visual function and reclaim a better quality of life.
To learn more about ELLEX laser vitreolysis, please call or email Access Eye today.