Vitreous Detachment Questions

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What is vitreous detachment?

Your vitreous is the gel-like substance in between your retina and lens that is largely responsible for helping the eye maintain its rounded shape. Within the vitreous are fine fibers that connect to the retina. Vitreous detachment occurs when these fibers pull away from your retinal wall.

What are the risk factors for vitreous detachment?

Age is the largest risk factor for vitreous detachment. Unlike aqueous fluids in the front of your eye, vitreous fluid does not replenish itself. As you age, your vitreous will begin to shrink, making detachment common after the age of 50. However, people who are nearsighted may be at a slightly increased risk for earlier detachment.

What are the symptoms of vitreous detachment?

Common symptoms of vitreous detachment include flashers and floaters, particularly in the peripheral vision field. In many instances, vitreous detachment is asymptomatic, which is not in and of itself a problem as this condition rarely poses a threat to your vision.

How do you detect vitreous detachment when no symptoms are present?

The doctors at California Retina Associates can detect vitreous detachment through a comprehensive dilated eye examination. Even when vitreous detachment produces no symptoms it is important to have it detected. While not always a vision-threatening disorder, vitreous detachment can lead to macular holes or retinal detachment, making it an important condition to be aware of.

How is vitreous detachment treated?

If we determine that your condition poses problems due to residual clouding or blood in the vitreous, we may recommend vitreous detachment treatments including lifestyle changes such as sleeping with your head elevated. However, if we detect a problem with your retina in addition to vitreous detachment, retinal detachment treatment may be necessary. This is determined on a case by case basis by our experienced eye doctors.

If you live in or around San Diego or El Centro and are experiencing any of the symptoms of vitreous or retinal detachment, please call 619-425-7755 or 760-352-7755, or contact California Retina Associates to schedule a comprehensive eye evaluation today.

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