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Question:
I heard that floaters can now be removed by blasting them to small particles and vacuuming them out. Have you heard of this procedure and does it work?  

Answer:
I too have heard of this procedure being performed. Ophthalmologists are certainly capable of performing this microsurgery. However, this would be major ophthalmological surgery with substantial immediate and long-term risk that does not outweigh the minor benefit. This is almost never needed for vision as most floaters will become less apparent over time.

Answered by: Michael Repka, MD Dr. Michael X. Repka

Categories: Eye Conditions, Eye Surgery

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Answered: May 09, 2012

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