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Optometry. 2010 Mar;81(3):157-61. doi: 10.1016/j.optm.2009.09.018.

Current treatment for vitreous floaters.

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Ocular Disease, Southern California College of Optometry, 2575 Yorba Linda Blvd., Fullerton, CA 92831, USA.


Vitreous floaters are a common complaint in the ophthalmic care setting. Patients seek explanation and advice regarding possible treatment options. Because the condition is considered benign, ophthalmic care practitioners have little to offer regarding treatment options. The majority of cases encountered are managed with patient education and reassurance. Although almost all patients accept the conservative management option, there is a small subset of patients who may desire a more aggressive treatment intervention for resolution of their visual symptoms. Information with regard to treatment options is readily available to patients through Internet searches and non-peer reviewed educational Web sites. The risks and benefits for these treatment options are not fully covered. Management of floaters should include education regarding "off-label" procedures as well as discussion about benefits and risks associated with such treatment options. It is vital that eye care practitioners advise and counsel patients with symptomatic floaters for optimum ocular health care. This article reviews the current conventional and "off-label" treatment options for symptomatic patients with vitreous floaters.

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