Eye Floater Types—What You Need to Know
Weiss Rings—Hyaline Opacities
These are often ring-shaped, or like a bug, or a solid object. They are always associated with a sudden separation of the vitreous gel, which is medically known as posterior vitreous detachment. Usually, they appear on the outside, lateral field of view. Our highest success rate is in the treatment of this floater type. Over 98% of our patients report improvement based on our internal chart review of simple hyaline opacities. Phone us at 239.275.8222
Posterior Vitreous Detachment
Not to be confused with retinal detachment, posterior vitreous detachment is a common occurrence after cataract surgery. The gel inside the eye collapses like a deflated beach ball. This is almost always associated with Hyaline-Weiss opacity, or a large ball of eye floater fibers that patients describe as a "windshield wiper" or "grease spot" in their vision.
Vitreous Liquefaction or Syneresis
In this occurrence, the vitreous gel becomes semi-liquid, forming fiber balls that are seen as either blurred or distinct eye floaters, and sometimes as a semi-stationary mass in the center of vision. 90% of our patients report improvement based on our internal chart review.
Eye floaters in these cases are disturbing because they are very close to the retina, very distinct, and constantly seen. These are especially disturbing to young patients who work with computers. Our success rate in younger patients varies. 65% of the younger patients whom we examine are told by Dr. Geller that laser is not appropriate. Of those patients whom we do treat, 70% will see improvement based on our internal medical record review. Click the video to hear the experience of a 36-year-old patient who came to us from Germany.