How to get rid of eye floaters?

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I've had floaters for years, my eye doctor told me to get used to it, said no big deal.
What do eye floaters indicate?

Any underlying cause of the floaters, such as bleeding from diabetes or inflammation, will be treated. However, most eye floaters don't require treatment. Eye floaters can be frustrating, and adjusting to them can take time. Once you know the floaters will not cause any more problems, you may eventually be able to ignore them or notice them less often.
If your eye floaters impair your vision, which happens rarely, you and your eye doctor may consider treatment. Options may include:

  • Surgery to remove the vitreous. An ophthalmologist removes the vitreous through a small incision (vitrectomy) and replaces it with a solution to help your eye maintain its shape. Surgery may not remove all the floaters, and new floaters can develop after surgery. Risks of a vitrectomy include bleeding and retinal tears.
  • Using a laser to disrupt the floaters. An ophthalmologist aims a special laser at the floaters in the vitreous, which may break them up and make them less noticeable. Some people who have this treatment report improved vision; others notice little or no difference. Risks of laser therapy include damage to your retina if the laser is aimed incorrectly. Laser surgery to treat floaters is used infrequently.
I had no idea vitreous could be replaced. I just recently learned in one eye the vitreous had collapsed somewhat. Retina is ok. Im just concerned about future problems.
Usually, with aging, a reduction in hyaluronic acid causes a lack of strength and support for the collagen, which then causes the vitreous to collapse. When that collapse happens at the optic disc, the vitreous detaches away from the optic nerve and leaves a circular like annulus floating in the posterior of the eye. Your retina is OK, so you should see an eye doctor ASAP.
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