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If I have surgery for floaters in my eye what is the recovery time and what is the success rate of the surgery?
Surgery to remove simple vitreous floaters is generally not recommended unless they are extremely debilitating. With small gauge surgery, the procedure is usually accomplished on an outpatient basis and recovery is rapid. The rate of success is very high, unless something is causing the floaters other than simple vitreous deterioration, such as uveitis, tumor, etc. Like all surgeries, there is risk from the anesthesia, infection, bleeding, etc. Double vision, cataracts, drooping eyelids, and retinal detachments are known to result from the surgery as well.
Answered by: Richard G. Shugarman, MD
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Answered: Sep 05, 2012
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