What Are Floaters?
Floaters are opacities in vitreous that appear as hair-like, fly-like gray structures that move with eye movement and interfere with vision.
Floaters have long been ignored by the medical profession, but recent studies have determined that floaters cause severe loss of contrast sensitivity which results in altered vision and unhappiness.
Why Treat Floaters?
Studies suggest that sufferers of eye floater experience a decrease in overall quality of life and would be willing to go to great lengths to rid themselves of eye floaters.
Of 211 patients between the ages of 41 – 65 years old
107 of floater patients liken floater discomfort equal to Age-Related Macular Degeneration and greater than glaucoma, mild angina, colon cancer, diabetic retinopathy, mild stroke, and asymptomatic AIDS.
7 % of patients with floaters would be willing to incur blindness, 11% would be willing to incur death
Patients are also willing to exchange 1.1 years out of every 10 years of remaining life to be rid of floaters.
Floaters patients experience visual function differences of
– 14% general vision
-26% near vision
-26% driving vision
than that of patients without floaters.
Why are floaters such a nuisance?
Floaters alter the diffraction patterns of incident light and diminish contrast sensitivity
Floaters have also been known to cause vision impediment, distraction, loss of driving ability and even loss of interest in social activity.