i coudn`t believe it when i heared of this ! you should put this into future treatment options ! ok listen .....
A company called ISTA Pharmaceuticals (Irvine California) (will) develop a drug treatment for floaters ! They are currently in Phase III trials with their drug Vitrase which although developped for retinal hemorrhages could also have a future use in treating floaters since it works by disolving the vitreous with a final result like a vitrectomy but without the surgery and all its risks. (!!!!)
if this would work we all would get rid of them and VERY safe !
i try to get some more informations! why there are so few people on this board? are you the admin of the other ezboard flor do you know him ? perhaps you could contact him to make a banner exchange ! i think it does work ! my father worked for 2 years in an eye hospital ( sorry i don`t know the word ! ;D) and he said there will be a simple treatment ! but at the moment eye specialists try to find a cure for marcula degeneration and not for floaters ! there are so many people stressed by their floaters ! why there isn't already a safe cure? i just hope !
Yes that's the one. If you read into the article you will find that it's purpose is to treat a vitreous hemorrhage. It does so by dissolving the vitreous and allowing any blood contained within to sink to the bottom and eventually get absorbed.
The million-dollar question is what will it do to the collagen fibrils in the vitreous?
ISTA is well aware there is big money in finding a cure for vitreous opacities. They make no mention of floaters, and your guess is as good as mine as to why not. If Vitrase doesn't resolve floaters then you think they would mention this on their web site. I'm hoping that ISTA is simply being tight-lipped while they evaluate their product for other applications. It is worth noting that blood in the vitreous isn't dissolved along with the vitreous when Vitrase is introduced. I'm no expect, but I'm guessing collagen is a denser material then blood, and that might mean that the fibril network remains intact.
Another thought: Since the gel-like vitreous is gone with Vitrase, how difficult would it be to then breakup and remove any collagen fibrils within the eye cavity which is now simply filled with aqueous fluid? The answer to curing the general floater sufferer could be a two-staged process. Perhaps something as simple as another injection with a substance designed to dissolve collagen that originally wasn't able to penetrate the gel-like vitreous, or maybe the insertion of a small tube to "vacuum" out any opacities. Once that gel is safely dissolved (not cut away as in a general vitrecomy), we may see some creative solutions.
Hi everyone! I am praying for us all! I am very excited and intrigued by the development and approval of Vitrase. I sent an e-mail to ISTA and they replied saying I could find information on their website and to talk to my doctor. I urged them to concentrate on a treatment for floaters. I think that it is a great idea to send them more e-mails and/or letters letting them know how desperately needed a cure for vitreous syneresis and floaters is. Their development is very exciting news and we should all be excited! I have also sent e-mails to the researchers listed on this website and plan on writing to more organizations expressing my feelings and ideas. Keep praying everyone and let's all do what we can to rid the world of these floaters! God Bless...