I remember an ophthalmologist I recently saw told me in some cases a needle is used to go after a really bad floater. The needle leaves some sort of trace after it's removed, but that is the lesser of two evils when it comes to a nasty floater.
Ok, what about a smaller needle? Here is a link to a new type of micro-needle awaiting FDA approval.
I'm not sure how a needle is used to remove a floater. Since it can't grab, it must suck an object through its hollow center. I wish I asked the doctor more about this.
The needle would probably have to be inserted one time for each floater, and that's assuming the doctor was accurate every time. Not such a desirable treatment for those of us with multiple little floaters. I read that when the vitreous starts the process of liquefying it occurs in pockets. Perhaps some of these floaters are in the same pool (for lack of a better term), and could be removed with the same micro-needle puncture. That raises the question of how much liquefying vitreous material can be removed without the need for a saline replacement. Hmmm....
Yes, this is all conjecture on my part. Rather then get depressed I try to think of a solution. That's how I deal with floaters. I'm confident there must be a viable solution just OVER our noses. ;D
Yea I used to think a lot of using the needle to inject chemicals into the eye, but I haven't heard of using a needle to remove a floater, so it seems like a very interesting idea.
The thing is, floaters are so incredibly small, I'm not sure if the tip of a needle could grab it The ophthalmologist would have to be very steady with the needle. It also seems like this sort of procedure would not be able any floaters apart from the very large and dark ones It's really interesting though.
When I think of a needle I usually think it being used to inject something into the eye to dissolve floaters. However, people argue that by inserting a needle into the eye will not only cause quote "some sort of trace", but could also lead to severe infection and maybe blindness. But, then this contradicts with vitrectomy, which involves using much larger tubes!
I'd love to try and clarify this issue with needles next time I see an opthalmologist for my yearly check up