Many people in Los Angeles complain about floaters. Hollywood Lasik Surgeon says that these floaters can be bothersome. Does lasik eye surgery done with intralase or other femtosecond lasers induce these floaters ? This question was posed by French ophthalmologists Gavrilov, MD and Dr. Borderie. They did ultrasound B scans after lasik eye surgery performed in Paris, France. They performed this test on 31 eyes of 18 patients.
They wanted to see if they could pick up a low echogenic membrane partially or completely separated from the retina. This is termed as posterior vitreous detachment. It is different than Retinal Detachment.
They found the incidence of Floaters after Femtosecond laser lasik eye surgery is the same as that of floaters after microkeratome lasik eye surgery. There is less vacuum used in femtosecond laser to stabilize the eye. It still may cause floaters.
Floaters after Femtosecond laser lasik eye surgery may occur and you should be aware of that. You should discuss all side effects with a knowledgeable lasik eye surgeon.
By Rajesh Khanna, MD