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Floaters, or vitreous opacities, are pieces of debris that float in the eye’s vitreous humor (the jelly-like substance in the main chamber of the eye). This debris casts shadows onto the retina (the light-sensitive tissue layer at the back of the eye) and can often create a visual disturbance that can interfere with daily activities such as reading, using a computer or driving.

As many as 70% of all people will experience floaters in their lifetime.  While they are only a nuisance for many people, in a significant number of patients they can have serious quality of life issues, often disrupting a patient’s ability to read, drive and otherwise function normally. This minimally invasive, in-office procedure can provide much-needed relief from the symptoms associated with floaters; which are known to bother many people as they approach middle age.

The procedure to treat floaters uses a specially designed YAG laser to vaporize the vitreous strands. During the procedure, the laser emits short (3 nanosecond) bursts of energy. This laser energy does not simply break the vitreous strands into smaller pieces, but rather converts the collagen and hyaluronan molecules within the floater into a gas, which is then resorbed into the eye.

Recent studies have demonstrated a low complicated rate for Laser Vitreolysis. Most patients will experience an almost immediate improvement in visual function and are able to return to normal day-to-day activities directly following the procedure. Patients may have been told that they should just learn to live with their floaters or if they are particularly severe or troubling, they should consider a surgical intervention. Professional Eye Associates is the only eye center with the laser and the only certified laser specialist in all of NW Georgia and the Chattanooga area. We are pleased to be able to offer these patients a non-surgical; minimally invasive procedure that offers the potential to deliver a notable improvement in functional vision.

Professional Eye Associates

  • Dalton Office - 1111 Professional Blvd., Dalton, GA 30720 Phone: (706) 226-2020
  • Calhoun Office - 101 Professional Court, Calhoun, GA 30701 Phone: (706) 602-7775
  • Fort Oglethorpe Office - 2498 Lafayette Rd., Ft. Oglethorpe, GA 30742 Phone: (706) 866-2020
  • Chatsworth Office - 113 West Pine Street, Chatsworth, GA 30705 Phone: (706) 971-2061

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