Floaters Only Vitrectomy

Posted by susan2018 @susan2018, Mar 6, 2019

I am wondering if anyone has had an FOV, Floaters Only Vitrectomy, and would be willing to share their experiences. For at least two years I was plagued with the constant irritating presence of gauzy, wispy, moving clumps that would obscure my vision and make reading and driving a tiring challenge. Prior to this I had had cataract surgery and a lens exchange surgery. Many, many follow up appointments and a second opinion did not pinpoint a reason for my continuing complaints. Although I did not complain of dry eyes, I was led to believe that was my issue and was treated with Xiidra and then Restasis and then even both at the same time, with no improvement in my symptoms. Finally a follow up appointment with a new ophthalmologist in the practice and my description of what I was seeing led to a diagnosis of a degenerating vitreous and a referral to a vitreal surgeon. Last week I had a vitrectomy to remove the vitreous. Despite the after effects of the surgery, the next day when the eye patch and bandages came off, I could immediately tell that my vision in that eye had cleared. It has been such a relief! I am hoping my recovery is uneventful and am now anticipating following up with the surgeon to schedule the procedure on my other eye. Has anyone experienced a situation similar to mine? Why would my problem not be recognized and diagnosed sooner? I have wondered if I simply was not able to describe my symptoms well enough or if ophthalmologists tend not to recognize or acknowledge how debilitating the condition can be. I understand that over time and with age the vitreous does degenerate for all people. Do only a few people experience what I did during that process or are there many people experiencing it’s deleterious effects on their vision and are just living with it, or as in my case, are not able to get a diagnosis from their eye care providers? I should add that I am in my early 70s and was extremely nearsighted my entire life. Anyone out there experience what I did?

@amandaburnett

Hi @quincy9, I have had floaters for years and I can definitely attest about their annoyance. You will notice that I moved your inquiry to a very lengthy, ongoing discussion about vitreous detachment. I did this so you can connect with the members who have experienced this and perhaps share with you their story. I encourage you to go through the 8 pages worth of content in order to see what they went through.
@quincy9 are you also experiencing photopsia, the random flashes of light across your vision?

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@amandaburnett .. oh so thats what its called…. photopsia… like tiny bright "comets" all of a sudden streaming across my vision… scares me as thats how my detached retina/vitreous started but didnt go away… sounds like it is worth reading thru the 8 pages… message not meant for me but thank you, J.

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@amandaburnett

Hi @quincy9, I have had floaters for years and I can definitely attest about their annoyance. You will notice that I moved your inquiry to a very lengthy, ongoing discussion about vitreous detachment. I did this so you can connect with the members who have experienced this and perhaps share with you their story. I encourage you to go through the 8 pages worth of content in order to see what they went through.
@quincy9 are you also experiencing photopsia, the random flashes of light across your vision?

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Thank you. Yes I am experiencing random flashes. Most irritating and scary is the pain I have in my left eye (the affected eye) too. I wonder if this is common. I’m scared, but I do have an appointment again with my ophthalmologist.

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@amandaburnett

Hi @quincy9, I have had floaters for years and I can definitely attest about their annoyance. You will notice that I moved your inquiry to a very lengthy, ongoing discussion about vitreous detachment. I did this so you can connect with the members who have experienced this and perhaps share with you their story. I encourage you to go through the 8 pages worth of content in order to see what they went through.
@quincy9 are you also experiencing photopsia, the random flashes of light across your vision?

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Hello, do you have eye pain with this? I do and the eyeball itself hurts. It’s more of a deep dull ache.

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@marjou

@bobbyo appreciate the update as I'm dealing with floater issues which requires me to see a retina specialist every 3-6 months or as vision changes.

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Do you have eye pain too?

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@lacy2

@amandaburnett .. oh so thats what its called…. photopsia… like tiny bright "comets" all of a sudden streaming across my vision… scares me as thats how my detached retina/vitreous started but didnt go away… sounds like it is worth reading thru the 8 pages… message not meant for me but thank you, J.

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@lacy2 Happy to help! I am glad the response could provide you with information too!

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@quincy9

Hello, do you have eye pain with this? I do and the eyeball itself hurts. It’s more of a deep dull ache.

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@quincy9 I do not have eye pain associated with my floaters, but each case is different. I am glad you have a follow up so you can address this with your physician. When were you diagnosed?

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@amandaburnett

@quincy9 I do not have eye pain associated with my floaters, but each case is different. I am glad you have a follow up so you can address this with your physician. When were you diagnosed?

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I was diagnosed a week ago. I’m wondering if it could be eye strain.

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@quincy9

Thank you. Yes I am experiencing random flashes. Most irritating and scary is the pain I have in my left eye (the affected eye) too. I wonder if this is common. I’m scared, but I do have an appointment again with my ophthalmologist.

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I was told that flashes of light could be retina detaching and needs to be checked immediately.

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I’ll just chime in with my experiences relative to other observations:
– I did not get any flashes (photopsia) when I had my first retinal detachment 2 years ago. But I DID HAVE hundreds of small, black floaters. That scared me and I got in to my retinal specialist within a day and they diagnosed a torn retina. They did cryosurgery with a bubble to repair it.
– I’m 62 and I’ve had lots of floaters since my early 20s AND lots of “eyeball” pain that I considered as chronic headache. No doctor ever associated the eye pain and floaters.
– I don’t have photopsia, as some have described, but have what seems to be a positive dysphotopsia. Dysphotopsia can be caused by the square-edged IOL (InterOcular Lens) implanted during cataract surgery. I had this cataract surgery on my left eye done December 2019 and have had peripheral “light streaks” since then that are troublesome. I see them when light comes in window, from headlights in rearview or lamps/lights are to my left. These light streaks are a type of positive dysphotopsia. With the multiple procedures I’ve had on this eye, I’m not too excited, at this point, to consider any type of revision to help the dysphotopsia.

Hope some of my “stuff” is similar to yours and helps consider possibilities!

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@markymark215

Small update —
Meet with the retinal specialist Tuesday up by Chicago. He wants me to wait at least 3 months before committing to do the surgery. Even then, he said he would have to think about if he was willing to do the surgery. Seemed very knowledgeable and overall got a very good vibe from him.

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Update for everyone —

I have a floater only vitrectomy planned for my right eye one week from today 4/22. Very nervous, but hopeful that this will solve my floater issues that have been driving me INSANE. Doctor says it'll be a quick 20 min procedure under general anesthesia and should be able to see pretty good within a couple days with alittle blurriness. He also said I shouldn't have an air or gas "bubble". Praying everything goes well and this week goes by quick.

Thanks everyone!

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@markymark215

Update for everyone —

I have a floater only vitrectomy planned for my right eye one week from today 4/22. Very nervous, but hopeful that this will solve my floater issues that have been driving me INSANE. Doctor says it'll be a quick 20 min procedure under general anesthesia and should be able to see pretty good within a couple days with alittle blurriness. He also said I shouldn't have an air or gas "bubble". Praying everything goes well and this week goes by quick.

Thanks everyone!

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Thanks for the note. I have bad floaters so I'm very interested in your procedure. Please update when possible. Any info on your situation is appreciated.

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@markymark215

Update for everyone —

I have a floater only vitrectomy planned for my right eye one week from today 4/22. Very nervous, but hopeful that this will solve my floater issues that have been driving me INSANE. Doctor says it'll be a quick 20 min procedure under general anesthesia and should be able to see pretty good within a couple days with alittle blurriness. He also said I shouldn't have an air or gas "bubble". Praying everything goes well and this week goes by quick.

Thanks everyone!

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I, surely, hope your vitrectomy went well. Let us know if you can. Thanks!

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