What are the pros and cons of laser surgery to treat floaters?

There are some who are treating floaters with laser bursts. These bursts tend to break up the floaters. There are few "pros" to such surgery. If you are lucky, the floaters may become small enough to drift out of the line of sight. The "cons" are many. The floaters may be made worse because there are more of them, or your surgeon may not be able to find the ones that bother you most. More importantly, you will have the risk of retinal tears, retinal swelling, or edema, and even retinal detachment.

Glaucoma, or too much pressure in the eye, is also possible. These conditions can be blinding, although generally these conditions are treatable. There are very few retinal surgeons who perform this procedure for the reasons mentioned above.

Continue Learning about Eye Conditions

Presbyopia: Correcting Age-Related Vision Loss
Presbyopia: Correcting Age-Related Vision Loss
Sometime around of after age 40, many people notice that it is getting more difficult for their eyes to focus on nearby objects. For many, the first s...
Read More
What causes uveal coloboma?
Honor Society of Nursing (STTI)Honor Society of Nursing (STTI)
It is believed that uveal coloboma is primarily genetic in origin. "Genetic" means that coloboma is ...
More Answers
What is overflow tearing?
American Academy of Ophthalmology's EyeSmartAmerican Academy of Ophthalmology's EyeSmart
Abnormal or overflow eye tearing is a common condition in infants. In fact, approximately one-third ...
More Answers
What Is the Gold Standard for Eye Care?
What Is the Gold Standard for Eye Care?

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.