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Eye Floaters Surgery: Vitrectomy

Vitrectomy surgery to remove floaters is an option for people who have very severe floaters or who have great difficulty adapting to them.


Surgery to remove vitreous floaters is a form of keyhole surgery performed under a microscope, using 3 small incisions (1-2mm in size) in the white of the eye for insertion of very fine instruments. The vitreous jelly is removed (vitrectomy), removing the vitreous debris that causes floaters.

[British and Eire Association of Vitreoretinal Surgeons – Floaters, see ]

The Process

Vitreous floater surgery usually takes 45-90 minutes and can be done with the patient fully awake (local anaesthetic), or sedated, as a daycase procedure. Most patients opt for local anaesthetic, which involves a numbing injection around the eye so that no pain is felt during the operation; this is sometimes supplemented with medication to reduce anxiety (sedation).

Why MY Eye Clinic?

My Eye Clinic can provide expert consultant assessment of retinal problems including vitreous floaters.

My Eye Clinic has a full range of diagnostic equipment for assessing the retina and the vitreous with detailed OCT scans.

My Eye Clinic has a new operating theatre fully equipped with the latest generation cataract machine (Alcon Centurion Gold), an excellent operating microscope and a new (Dorc Nexus) combined cataract and vitrectomy machine.

Your Consultants

Consultant Eye Surgeon with a specialist interest in Retinal Surgery

Mr Habib has a special interest in macular hole surgery, epiretinal membrane (ERM) surgery, surgery for vitreous floaters, and treating complicated cataracts. Mr Habib has been a Consultant Ophthalmologist and Vitreo-retinal Surgeon at Sunderland Eye Infirmary since 2011. He is an Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer at Newcastle University.

MBBS, MS in Ophthalmology, MRCOphth, FRCOphth, Consultant Vitreoretinal Surgeon

Kadambari Oswal is a Consultant Ophthalmic and Vitreoretinal surgeon who performs complex/high-risk cataracts and vitreoretinal surgeries including retinal detachment surgeries, macular holes, epiretinal membranes.


Inclusive prices include post-operative medicines and follow-up appointments:

Vitrectomy surgery under local anaesthetic



Usually floaters are not treated, because they are harmless and do not cause significant visual problems. Surgery to remove floaters is an option for people who have very severe floaters or who have great difficulty adapting to them. For most people, the risks of vitrectomy surgery outweigh the benefit of removing floaters.

The risks if vitrectomy surgery to remove floaters include:

[British and Eire Association of Vitreoretinal Surgeons – Floaters, see ]


The most common side effect of vitrectomy is development of a cataract (cloudiness of the lens) at an earlier stage than it would have done otherwise. Rarely, cataract may occur immediately after vitrectomy surgery, but more commonly this may come on 2-3 years after the operation. Further surgery is needed to treat the cataract.

Retinal detachment

About 1 in 50 patients develop a retinal detachment after surgery. In this situation further surgery is required to reattach the retina, which can sometimes lead to reduced vision in the eye afterwards. The vast majority of retinal detachments are repairable, but further surgery is required, and this can be a potentially blinding complication.


This occurs very rarely, but severe bleeding within the eye can result in blindness.


this is also very rare and would be expected to occur in about 1 in 1000 patients, but if it occurs it needs further treatments and it can lead to blindness.

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12:56 16 Apr 24
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13:07 09 Apr 24
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Dawn RaffleDawn Raffle
19:10 21 Feb 24
I recently had permanent lens procedure carried out by Mr Ghosh. Having glasses as a child and contact lenses for many years, this has been an absolute revelation for me. Mr Ghosh was absolutely brilliant and very professional from the start. All the staff are lovely and especially like to thank Dianne, Anita and the team. This has changed my life for the better thanks.
Anis FinnAnis Finn
09:35 29 Mar 23
Beautiful clinic, really nice atmosphere, prompt service and really friendly and professional staff. Fernando was particularly great!I would definitely recommend.
Mrs TigerMrs Tiger
17:51 17 Jan 23
Excellent care, all staff very courteous and helpful. YAG surgery clearly explained to me by Mr Morgan, who did a brilliant job. I'd highly recommend this clinic.
Arya DaniArya Dani
14:43 22 Dec 22
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Audrey GilesAudrey Giles
08:58 23 Nov 22
I visited the My Hearing Clinic knowing I needed a hearing assessment but thinking it was just a build up of wax. It came as a shock that I heard a hearing loss which needed addressing. The service I received from Andrew was outstanding! He explained my hearing loss and went through all my options. He recognised that it was a lot of information to take in so made a follow up appointment, giving me sufficient time to think about what I wanted to do. From start to finish the service has been excellent, efficient, professional and friendly from the moment you walk through the door and meet Lee. The clinic is well located, parking on site, high standard of cleanliness. Definitely a recommendation from me. Thank you!
Andrea BoothAndrea Booth
19:55 22 Nov 22
Absolutely first class treatment and experience at this wonderful clinic. Staff were exceptionally welcoming and friendly Mr Morgan the consultant was lovely explaining everything. I had YAG laser treatment painless no discomfort and almost immediate corrected vision. Thank you all so very very much.
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16:41 17 Nov 21
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