We compared clinical and psychological characteristics among different vitreous floater discomfort groups.
In this cross-sectional study, we evaluated the psychological parameters along with various clinical factors including posterior vitreous status assessed by OCT in symptomatic vitreous floater patients and controls.
The presence of complete PVD was associated with the presence of vitreous floater symptoms.
Patients suffering symptomatic vitreous floater showed a higher degree of psychological problems compared to the control group.
Higher psychological problems in symptomatic vitreous floater patients in this study might stem from the presence of annoying floater symptom itself.
47 eyes of 47 patients (39 males, 83.0%), who underwent 27-gauge PPV for symptomatic vitreous floaters from June 2015 to July 2016 in the Eye Hospital of Wenzhou Medical University and followed up for at least 6 months, were included in this study.
Before this vitrectomy surgery, phacoemulsification and intraocular lens (IOL) implantation had been performed in 3 eyes for cataract, scleral buckling in 1 eye for RD, retinal photocoagulation in 4 eyes for retinal lattice degeneration or breaks, YAG laser vitreolysis in 10 eyes for vitreous floaters, and vitrectomy in 1 eye for vitreous floaters.
The small gauge vitrectomy surgery was reported to be safe and effective for symptomatic vitreous floaters. de Nie et al.
Postoperative hypotony was reported in 0-25% of sutureless vitrectomy cases [13,14] and 0-22.6% for vitreous floaters after sutureless vitrectomy with slightly different definition [8, 14, 17].
The rate of clinical significant postvitrectomy cataract was 22.5-60.5% after vitrectomy for vitreous floaters [8-10, 17, 19].