Vitreous Detachment

What Is Vitreous Detachment?

Vitreous detachment occurs when the vitreous, a gel-like substance that fills about 80 percent of the eye and helps it maintain a round shape, shrinks and pulls away from the retina. This condition is common in older adults, typically occurring after the age of 50. While it can be alarming, a vitreous detachment in itself is not harmful and does not threaten vision. However, it can sometimes lead to more serious eye conditions, such as retinal detachment.

Symptoms of Vitreous Detachment:

Symptoms of vitreous detachment can include:

  • Floaters in your vision, which appear as small, dark shapes that float across your field of vision
  • Flashes of light in one or both eyes
  • A ring of floaters or hairs just to the temporal side of the central vision
  • A slight blurring of vision

Treatment for Vitreous Detachment:

In most cases, no treatment is needed for vitreous detachment. The symptoms of floaters and flashes usually become less noticeable with time. However, it’s important to monitor the symptoms because of the potential risk of retinal detachment. Regular eye examinations are crucial.

Prevention of Vitreous Detachment:

There is no known way to prevent vitreous detachment as it is a natural part of the aging process. However, maintaining overall eye health is beneficial:

  • Regular comprehensive eye exams, particularly if you’re over 50 or have a history of vitreous detachments.
  • Protecting your eyes from injury and wearing protective eyewear when necessary.
  • Managing health conditions that can affect the eyes, like diabetes and high blood pressure.

To learn more about vitreous detachment, their causes, diagnosis, and surgical options, visit your optometrist.

Please note that this information is provided for informational purposes only and should not substitute professional medical advice. If you suspect you have vitreous detachment or any eye-related concerns, it is important to consult with an eye care professional for a proper evaluation and personalized recommendations.