At the present time there are no viable alternatives to performing a limited vitrectomy for clinically significant bothersome floaters.
YAG laser is performed by a few doctors, but there has been no scientific evidence that it is effective.
We believe this is the reason insurance companies will not cover this procedure. Limited vitrectomy for eye floaters, however, has been proven to work, and insurance companies do currently cover this procedure.
Pharmacologic vitreolysis may be an effective way to dissolve floaters with a drug injection in the future, however at the present time there is no approved drug available to perform such treatment.
Read the article to find out more about the emerging role of pharmacology for eye disease.
Sebag J: Pharmacologic vitreolysis – premise and promise of the first decade. Retina 29:871-4, 2009