Are there any treatments for PVD?
At the moment there is no medical treatment for PVD. There is no evidence to show that eye exercises, diet changes or vitamins can help a PVD. Because PVD floaters, in most cases, clear up on their own, the possible benefits of surgery do not outweigh the risks involved.
A minority of ophthalmologists offer laser treatment for floaters. However, this is not recognised as a standard treatment for floaters in the UK and it is not widely practised. Some studies have reported that this treatment only helps to partially reduce floaters in a third of cases. It may make the large floaters smaller but it does not seem to improve vision in the long run. There is concern that the possible risks of laser surgery outweigh the benefits you may gain.
There is a surgical procedure called "vitrectomy" which removes the vitreous jelly from the middle of the eye and it can reduce floaters. It is a major operation and it is not usually offered to patients in the UK with PVD due to the risks involved.
Because PVD floaters, in most cases, clear up on their own, the possible benefits of surgery do not outweigh the risks involved for most people.
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