Although annoying, floaters are usually not vision threatening and do not require treatment. Often floaters diminish and become less bothersome with time. IF a floater appears directly in the line of vision, moving the eye around will often help. Looking up and down or back and forth will cause the vitreous fluid to swirl around and often allows the floater to move out of the way. However, with a complete eye examination, it can be determined if the floaters are harmless or the beginning of a more serious problem.
In cases where floaters do indicate a more serious condition, lasers can be uses to prevent vision loss. Retinal tears can be sealed with an Argon laser. This painless treatment can usually be performed as an office procedure and prevents more serious conditions, such as retinal detachment.