I've had floaters for nearly a year now and i'm told by ophthalmologists the same thing over and over. 'They'll eventually go away' or 'you'll get used to them'. Each time i've paid a lot of money to be told the same things hoping one of them may offer some advice but it hasn't happened. My floaters are still here.
Ever since i've had them i am incredibly depressed by them and it's not just me, if you go onto the /eyefloaters subreddit you'll see thousands of posts of people discussing how floaters have ruined their lives. Eye floater enquiries are a cash cow for ophthalmologists but i'm pretty sure everyone with floaters would pay 10x more for a safe treatment similar to the price of LASIK.
So why is there not enough research being done about them? Eye floaters are one of the most common reasons people visit ophthalmologists. It seems from the eye floaters subreddit that it's something that could be on the rise as myopia is on the rise. It's also very common in young people, something ophthalmologists seem to not understand as they say eye floaters are because of 'ageing'. Yet many people in their 20's are suffering from them. There are a lot of ways of getting eye floaters including myopia, lack of sunlight and LASIK. If you go onto the LASIK subreddit you can view a lot of posts by people incredibly unhappy about having floaters that have not gone away after having LASIK.
It's quite unbelievable that vitrectomy is the only treatment for them in 2021. YAG lasers don't do anything and vitrectomy for eye floaters is not exactly a treatment either and is rather insane. There are also ophthalmologists agreeing to do FOV which is shocking and something that should be investigated as floaters can reappear even after a vitrectomy.
So in essence there is no treatment for eye floaters and it's 2021. It also seems to not be researched enough yet myopia is on the rise and from reading the eye floaters subreddit you can tell it depressing a lot of people. Why are eye floaters not being taken seriously enough and if they're not seen as a big deal by ophthalmologists why is there no treatment for something that's no big deal?