In June, 2015, Dr. Jerry Sebag gave a presentation on the results of surgery to cure vitreous floaters at The Doheny Eye Institute’s 47th annual “Doheny Days” meeting. The event was held in the auditorium of the Doheny Vision Research Center on San Pablo Street in Los Angeles.
Dr. Jerry Sebag of the VMR Institute for Vitreous Macula Retina presented on his findings resulting from 76 cases. The preliminary results of the cases were published in June of 2014 in “Vitrectomy For Floaters.”
To date, over 100 eyes with clinically significant floaters have undergone limited vitrectomy, a treatment to remove only the parts of the vitreous body (the visco-elastic tissue that fills the center of the eye) that contain the opacities inducing the sensation of floaters. The safety profile has been excellent with no cases of infection, no cases of glaucoma, only two cases of bleeding that cleared spontaneously without the need for further intervention, and only one case of retinal detachment (occurring 14 months later) that was cured with a single operation, ultimately attaining visual acuity of 20/20. Vision has improved and contrast sensitivity (the ability to distinguish shades of gray), that was reduced pre-operatively was normalized within one week of surgery in all cases tested, and has remained normal for over two years. Patient happiness has been very high with uniform improvement in quantitative indices of patient satisfaction, testing that was developed at the National Eye Institute in Bethesda Maryland.
Dr. Sebag, a specialist in diseases of the vitreous, macula, and retina, described that this operation is the only proven treatment to cure vitreous floaters, since laser treatments have never been scientifically shown to work, and there are currently no drugs available to treat vitreous floaters. The VMR Institute for Vitreous Macula Retina has developed objective, quantitative tests of vision and the eye that enable the detection of pathology and clinically significant vitreous floaters.
Interested parties should contact the VMR Institute for Vitreous Macula Retina in Huntington Beach, Orange County, near Los Angeles.