Wondering if anyone has had an FOV, 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?

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I have large cobweb floaters that are very debilitating. I am considering vitrectomy. I was wondering if anyone has had a floater only vitrectomy with good results

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@sakhter2013

I have large cobweb floaters that are very debilitating. I am considering vitrectomy. I was wondering if anyone has had a floater only vitrectomy with good results

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I had a vitrectomy with membrane peel. Although it was not done specifically for floaters, they were removed in the process. I'm about 3 months postop and floaters have not recurred.

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@sakhter2013

I have large cobweb floaters that are very debilitating. I am considering vitrectomy. I was wondering if anyone has had a floater only vitrectomy with good results

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Hi. I had a large floater appear that looked like a wasp was buzzing my face as I looked around. Opthalmologist recent showed no retinal tear. We monitored for a short time and it faded and shrank to a reasonable + tolerable size. I inquired about having this removed and my Opthalmologist felt strongly that this type of surgery is very high risk and he does not recommend it. This Dr specializes in glaucoma + other eye conditions + does considerable surgery in his practice. So his view was not bc he's not skilled or capable. He told me I'd learn to ignore it and I do now unconsciously ignore it.
Just another opinion to consider.
I'm glad I did not have the surgery.

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@sakhter2013

I have large cobweb floaters that are very debilitating. I am considering vitrectomy. I was wondering if anyone has had a floater only vitrectomy with good results

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I just had eye surgery for floaters and a blood vessel that burst with good results. Important to follow recovery instructions.

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I have frequent floaters from repairs on both retinas . My vision is currently blurry and decreased from taking Plaquenil

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