Vitreous Detachment

  • The vitreous is a clear jelly filling most of the eye.
  • As we age, the normal jelly-like consistency of the vitreous begins to liquefy.
  • The vitreous may contract and pull away from its natural attachments on the inside surface of the eye. When it pulls free, it is often accompanied by light flashes and the appearance of a new black spots or floaters.
  • This is not dangerous, but it can be accompanied by more serious eye conditions such as retinal tears, retinal detachment and vitreous haemorrhage.
  • These occur when the strong attachments of the vitreous to the retina do not separate properly, tearing the retina or retinal blood vessels. This often leads to new floaters and persistent light flashes. It is suggested that anyone with symptoms of a vitreous detachment have an eye examination by an eye specialist to make certain that a more serious problem is not present.