Floaters mostly shrink or go away over time, but they can be replaced with new ones. Most people get used to them and only notice them occasionally. However, if floaters are interfering with your vision, an ophthalmologist may recommend surgery to break up the clumps. In this surgery, called a vitrectomy, the doctor removes the vitreous and replaces it with a sterile solution. This surgery does have risks, however, so it's usually done to repair tears in the retina or retinal detachment, bleeding into the gel or a problem called proliferative retinopathy, which causes scar formation. Overall, most floaters are harmless, but always check with your doctor if you are concerned.
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