Vitreous floaters

A new non-surgical treatment for chronic eye floaters (visual opacities) is available in our office. Vitreolysis can provide much-needed relief from your eye floaters and help to improve your quality of vision.

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RETINAL EYE CARE ASSOCIATES

At Retinal Eye Care Associates we strive to provide the best eye care available anywhere in the county. To achieve this goal, Dr. Lowe and his staff actively participate in continuing medical education to remain clinically up-to-date. Additionally, the practice’s diagnostic and treatment capabilities rival those of any other ophthalmic practice in the county.

COMPREHENSIVE

RETINA VITREOUS EYE CARE

Macular Degeneration

MACULAR DEGENERATION

Macular Pigment Optical Density (MPOD) screening is available.

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Diabetic Retinopathy

DIABETIC RETINOPATHY

Screening is offered daily in all Palm Beach County offices.

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Vitreolysis

VITREOLYSIS

Non-Surgical laser treatment for chronic vitreous floaters.

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VITREOUS FLOATERS

EYE FLOATERS TREATMENT

What is vitreolysis?

Laser floater removal, also referred to as laser vitreolysis, is an effective outpatient-based procedure for the treatment of floaters. Minimally invasive, it overcomes many off the risks associated with vitrectomy and offers a high degree of patient satisfaction.

Who is a good candidate for vitreolysis?

Young people and adolescents may also suffer from vitreous strands and opacities, due to embryonic remains in the vitreous, or due to trauma. Myopic patients with longer eyes can develop a detachment of the hyaloid, the “envelope” which contains the vitreous. This hyaloid may become fibrotic, resulting in shadows in the patient’s visual pathway.

Frequently Asked Questions

Treatment of vitreous floaters which are insoluble particles of collagen can be achieved in one of two ways either by surgery or photo vaporization using a specially designed laser.
When spots or floaters appear suddenly in an eye it may be the symptom of an acute retinal tear or retinal detachment. It may be associated with light flashes and should be evaluated as soon as possible by a retinal specialist.
Rarely in patients who develop severely elevated blood pressure a retinal blood vessel may rupture resulting in multiple floaters associated with a vitreous hemmhorage.
Seeing "black spots" or any acute visual obscuration can be a sign of serious eye disease and should be evaluated promptly.
The majority of visual floaters are composed of the inner collagenous coating lining the retina called the vitreous hyaloid. They also can represent white or red blood cells, bacteria fungi or viral particles.
The vast majority of floaters found in an otherwise healthy eye are harmless much like a non-inflamed appendix.
An acute floater should become visually inapparent in three months. After examining a patient with this complaint I would advise a follow-up appointment in six weeks to reexamine the retina and another appointment three months from the onset of symptoms if the patient is having persistent visual blurring from the floater(s).
The vitreous remains permanently attached in our eye behind our lens in a location called the vitreous base. It is not unusual to occasionally see a floater or light flash even years after a vitreous detatchment.
Peter J. Lowe, M.D.

Peter J. Lowe, M.D.

Retinal, Vitreous and Macular Specialist

Board Certified Retinal Specialist
Fellowship Trained at Harvard University

About Dr. Peter Lowe

Dr. Lowe's Ophthalmology training began with a three year residency at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. He subsequently received a Fellowship certification from Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. Click here to view Dr. Lowes entire Curriculum Vitae.

The Fellowship program focused on the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the retina, vitreous, and macula. It covered a wide range of eye conditions including the surgical and non-surgical management of retinal detachments, macular holes, macular pucker, retinal vascular diseases, age-related macular degeneration, retinal vein occlusion, diabetes and hypertension.

In 1983 Dr. Lowe established Retinal Eye Care Associates in Palm Beach County, Florida. He has performed more than 10,000 retinal, vitreous, and laser procedures in addition to countless intraocular injections to treat diseases of the Retina, Vitreous, and Macula.

TESTIMONIALS

WHAT OUR PATIENTS ARE SAYING

I had huge and annoying floaters that interfered with my daily activities. I kept trying to blink these floaters out of the way! Finally after months of frustration my general Ophthalmologist referred me to Dr. Peter Lowe.  Dr. Lowe explained the Vitreolysis Procedure and took the time to answer all of my questions. During the procedure I could see my floaters vaporize. Now, I can see so much clearer and my floaters have vanished.  Dr. Lowe is a great Ophthalmologist.  My overall office experience was excellent. I came in and only waited a few minutes and then the procedure was done.

OFFICE LOCATIONS

Lake Worth Office

Lake Worth

4175 South Congress Avenue
Lake Worth, FL 33461
561-967-8000
Delray Beach Office

Delray Beach

4800 Linton Blvd. Bldg. E Suite 308
Delray Beach, FL 33445
561-637-3003