Vitrectomy For Floaters

What is Vitrectomy For Floaters?

As we get older, some of us may see “floaters” in our field of vision. In rare cases when many of these floating specks interfere with vision while driving or reading, one treatment option is vitrectomy—surgical removal of the eye’s vitreous gel.


The vitreous gel is attached to the retina at birth. At some point, as a natural part of aging, the vitreous pulls free from the retina. This posterior vitreous  detachment is the most common cause of floaters.


With aging, vitreous gel may develop opacities (unclear areas) and movement, creating the sensation of bugs or dirt in the vision  due to  shadows   cast onto the  retina.