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Floaters, flashing lights and posterior vitreous detachment (PVD) treatment

Here at The Harley Street Eye Clinic, we offer rapid diagnosis in two ways. Firstly, we offer a photographic consultation for optometrists who provide the necessary scans. This involves the optometrist conducting and sending a non-invasive Ocular Coherence Tomography (OCT) scan to us via the photographic portal on our website. This enables us to provide a rapid opinion and information on the best course of action to take in your particular case.

Secondly, rapid access to an ophthalmologist is necessary for an accurate diagnosis and potentially rapid treatment for any complications. If you have a case of PVD with floaters but without other symptoms then our ophthalmologist would need to exclude risks and complications. Where no complications are present and there is no interference with vision then no further action is taken and the brain will adjust to the presence of floaters in your vision. If however you have chronic floaters – 100s and 1000s- creating misty vision that may be interfering with night-time driving, for example, then there are two treatment possibilities.

How is it possible to treat PVD with floaters that cause visual impairment?

One option is laser treatment, which can work for some patients using a ‘YAG’ type of laser. Another is floater removal surgery which usually delivers excellent results at low risk; this technique dissolves fragments of jelly but is not suitable in a lot of cases and may only help to a small degree. The treatment is usually reserved for patients who experience functional impairment caused by the floaters, for example, sportsmen or musicians.

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To discuss the cause and treatment of your condition, please call us on the number below.
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0207 060 0086

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