WHAT is a Floater?
A floater is characterized by noticing "floating" particles within your line of vision. The floaters may resemble patterns that move with the eye, but in reality, they are small bits of vitreous gel that have clumped together. Although it is not directly a sign of a serious visual condition, floaters can cause unwelcome symptoms. Over time, many people will get used to their floaters and notice them less. However, if your floaters are constant and creating vision concerns for you, you should be examined by a credentialed eye surgeon to determine the cause and best treatment method going forward. Board-certified ophthalmologist Dr. Alison R. Tendler regularly examines the eyes of patients with stable floaters who are experiencing undesirable symptoms and are in hopes of finding an effective solution to improve their vision. At ART Vision you will personally meet with Dr. Tendler to see if you are a candidate for floater treatment. For more information, read on, then contact our team to schedule your visit.
"Dr. Allison Tendler and the staff at Art Vision are THE BEST. Their approach to patient care is refreshing. They listen to me at every appointment. They discuss treatment options and are sincere in their concern for my eye health. Their facility is amazing. Everyone single member of the staff has taken the time to get to know me and greets me by name when I walk in. Dr. Tendler is an expert and has walked me through every step of the way. From someone who was scared to death of having anything done with my eyes to being given the gift of sight - Art Vision is a world class organization and we are lucky to have them here in Sioux Falls."- M.H. / Google / Feb 14, 2020
"I was very happy and well-pleased with the excellent job Dr. Tendler did on repairing my drooping eyelids. She is very caring and concerned about her patients. I enjoyed meeting her and am very happy with the work she did for me. Being able to see with wide open eyes, and no eyelashes blocking my vision is great. I didn't realize what a difference the surgery would make."- K.D. / Healthgrades / Apr 25, 2017
"Amazing Care! - Dr. Tendler was kind and considerate. She even called my home number after surgery to see how I was doing. I don't think anyone could find a more caring doctor or facility."- Anonymous / Vitals / Jun 16, 2016
"Dr. Alison Tendler gave me the gift of sight back! Without her help I would be completely blind today. For many years my sight was deteriorating. I had tried new eyeglasses with different prescriptions but noting seemed to help with my vision issues. My optometrist Dr. Alan Jones referred me to Dr. Tendler. January of 2010 Dr. Tendler did a cornea cell transplant on my left eye. I was 55 at the time. I was scared what if it didn't work and I was blind in my left eye. Several days later I was at my business sitting in my office when I looked up and realized that I was able to see and read a sign that was across the road over 400 feet away. Dr. Tendler recommended that I do the surgery on my other eye and I agreed with her. Today my vision in both eyes is 20/20. Thank you Dr. Alison Tendler you gave me my eyesight back. I am forever grateful. I highly recommend Dr. Alison Tendler!"- L.J. / Office Visit / Mar 22, 2021
"8 months later I am thrilled by my refractive cataract surgery. I had both eyes done and within days of my surgeries being completed, I was amazed by how clearly I could see. By adding the refractive lenses, I am now able to read without the aid of glasses. As an avid golfer, I initially went in since I could not see the golf ball at a distance as it traveled and landed. I not only have my distance vision back, but my near vision as well. It has been an amazing opportunity to be able to see this well again."- J.H. / Office Visit / Mar 22, 2021
How do they affect us?
Patients describe their floaters in many different manners. Some compare them to dirt on the car windshield, or as insects that dart across their line of vision. Regardless of what they resemble, they are generally more noticeable in brightly lit situations or when looking at electronic screens. Stable floaters seem to move with the eye in a consistent fashion. No matter your profression or personal hobbies, floaters can profoundly impact your quality of life.
Why do they occur?
Floaters are very common and many people have them. Most are small and manageable, but others are larger and more visually disturbing. It is believed that floaters are caused by the natural aging process. Over time, the vitreous fluid in our eyes begins to shrink and thicken, causing small clumps. The clumps cast shadows over the retina, which causes the floaters we are seeing in our line of vision. As the vitreous continues to shrink, it can pull away from the retina, which could potentially lead to a common floater type, a posterior vitreous detachment, or PVD. Although most floaters occur because of aging, some can occur earlier or more noticeably in patients with myopia and those with certain medical conditions, such as diabetes, Some vision-related surgeries, traumas, or head injuries can increase an individual's risk of experiencing floaters.
During your appointment at ART Vision, Dr. Tendler will assess your floater(s) and determine not only the type of floater you have, but discuss how it is impacting how you desire to live your life. She will assess it's size and location, and then discuss possible treatment options with you along with expectations. Some minor, stable floaters do not require treatment and could self-resolve or become less noticeable. However, for some patients, floaters cause a dramatic vision obstruction and decreased quality of life. In these cases, laser treatment or surgery may be needed.
Floaters are not harmful and good treatment options have been limited. Surgery is not commonly performed for standard floaters due to the risks involved. Recently, however, laser technology and protocols have been introduced as possible options in the right patient. Dr. Tendler performs YAG vitreolysis for patients whose floaters meet requirements for laser treatment. This laser procedure is safe, effective, and non-invasive, and can contribute to improved symptoms for patients with stable floaters. Due to the advanced nature of the laser technology and Dr. Tendler's experience and skill, YAG vitreolysis allows for the precise targeting of stable floaters. The energy delivered during the treatment works to vaporize the floater and eliminate associated symptoms.
Seek Relief today
Though floaters are rarely a serious issue, we at ART Vision understand the impact they can have on your vision and daily life. To learn more about the cause of your condition and ways that we can treat it, contact our Sioux Falls, SD facility to schedule your consultation with Dr. Alison Tendler. Let us help you to See the World Better and See Yourself Better.