• I heard that floaters can now be removed by blasting them to small particles and vacuuming them out. Does it work?


    Question:

    I heard that floaters can now be removed by blasting them to small particles and vacuuming them out. Have you heard of this procedure and does it work?


    Answer:

    I too have heard of this procedure being performed. Ophthalmologists are certainly capable of performing this microsurgery. However, this would be major ophthalmological surgery with substantial immediate and long-term risk that does not outweigh the minor benefit. This is almost never needed for vision as most floaters will become less apparent over time.