In the event that floaters suddenly increase in number or severity or in a short time, then you should immediately seek attention from a specialist ophthalmologist. This is because it can be a sign of an underlying serious condition, such as a torn retina.
For many people, floaters do not cause a problem. After a long time, we usually get used to them and do not even notice that they are there, but for others, they can become more than just an irritation – some people even abandon activities because floaters become so intrusive. Working on computer screens is an often-mentioned reason for the desire to remove floaters, even in younger people.
Floaters are often age-related. As we get older the vitreous shrinks, pulling with it small amounts of collagen fibers from the retina with it. These cast shadows in the eye and we see them as floaters. Although benign, if floaters detract from your quality of life, you may consider removing them. This is a treatment performed by a specialist ophthalmologist experienced in the treatment of vitreous floaters. They will examine your eyes and determine if you are suitable for treatment.