Lasik, PRK, LASEK, Epi-Lasik, etc.
Floaters are small
particles of the inner eye that float around in the clear liquids and
gels within the eye. They are common among all people, but can be created
or exacerbated by conventional or custom
All-Laser Lasik, and
Epi-Lasik. Existing floaters can be disturbed by almost any eye
During Lasik, All-Laser
Lasik, and Epi-Lasik surgery, the pressure inside the eye is elevated
microkeratome vacuum ring is attached. Extended elevated internal
pressure can cause minor to major detachment of the
Such detachment can cause floaters or other more serious problems. Although
the duration of the elevated pressure during these procedures is short,
it may be enough to induce floaters in those who are already predisposed
There is no cure for
floaters, however the brain seems to become accustomed to them and will
ignore minor floaters.
People who are severely
myopic (nearsighted, shortsighted) have a higher risk of retinal
problems because the eye is elongated and the retina is often stretched
over this larger than normal eye ball. For this reason, people with
extreme myopia tend to be predisposed to floaters.
contrast sensitivity may cause existing floaters to become more
noticeable. Changes in contrast sensitivity are not unusual with
refractive surgery, but it is rare the change is significant enough
to be problematic.
If you have a history
of floaters or problems with the vitreous or retina, it may be wise
to be evaluated by a retina specialist before having Lasik, All-Laser
Lasik, or Epi-Lasik.
Although there is always
the possibility of problems,
LASEK do not require the high inner eye pressure of Lasik, All-Laser
Lasik, and Epi-Lasik, therefore PRK or LASEK may be appropriate alternatives.
If you are ready to
choose a doctor to be evaluated for conventional or custom wavefront
Lasik, All-Laser Lasik, PRK, LASEK, Epi-Lasik, RLE, or any refractive
surgery procedure, we highly recommend you consider a doctor who has
been evaluated and certified by the USAEyes nonprofit organization.
Locate a USAEyes Evaluated & Certified Lasik Laser Eye Surgery