THERE COULD FINALLY BE A CURE FOR THOSE PESKY FLOATERS MESSING UP YOUR VISION
So do you have floaters? And for you mobster enforcers out there, no, I don’t mean that. But I do mean eye floaters. If you are in your 20’s you may not have a fucking clue what I’m talking about. But you should keep reading. Why? Because floaters happen, no matter what. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, it’s kind of like this. You move your eyes from one side to another and then things…. streak across your vision. It’s like you are seeing blurry bugs fly across. They’re almost in concert, but not really. Those are floaters, for the newbies. But for those who already know, like me, there may soon be a cure that won’t likely wreck your eyes forever.
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FLOATERS ARE THESE GLOBULES THAT FORM IN YOUR EYES AS YOU AGE
So here’s lesson one about floaters: you get more and more as you age. But I must say you do get used to them. Yet no matter what, there are days where they suddenly distract the hell out of you for a while. It’s almost like you forgot they were there. And then you can’t stop seeing them, in any light. Lesson 2: your eyeballs are filled with this transparent substance. It’s kind of like a jelly. But doctors know it as the vitreous humor. It’s mostly comprised of collagen and polysaccharide hyaluronic acid. So yes, when you tab on acid it’s literally a double trip, visually. Lesson 3: that collagen stuff can (and does, eventually) form globs that never go away that float in the gel of your eye. They catch and scatter light. Hence, floaters. So what about this cure?
NEW TECHNIQUE COULD CLEAR OUT FLOATERS AND NOT DAMAGE YOUR EYES AT ALL!
Recently, researchers discovered that gold nanoparticles that they heat (in your eye) with a very low-energy laser can help you get rid of a lot of those damn floaters. In other words, they can clear floaters out of your eyes, and your vision, without actually doing any damage to your eyeballs. But if you didn’t already know, that’s a huge improvement over what we have today. Like, leaps and bounds. So what do we have now? It’s a procedure we call a vitrectomy. Yes, it sounds scary because it is. That’s when clinicians permanently replace your vitreous fluid with a saline solution, or use a high-energy laser to break apart the floaters. But only 38% of people say it helps at all. Plus, it can cause permanent damage to your retinas or lenses.
So floater sufferers, look out! There’s hope soon to be realized on a close horizon.