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Vitreous Detachment Treatment

Proudly Serving San Diego, Chula Vista, El Centro & Nearby Areas of California

Vitreous detachment, when the clear jelly-like substance in the eye pulls away from the back of the eye, the retina, most often results in a sudden appearance of floaters and light flashes. Vitreous detachment is not in and of itself a cause for alarm. But it does need to be evaluated, because sometimes vitreous detachment can lead to retinal tears or detachment, which does require urgent treatment.

If you experience the sudden appearance of floaters and flashes of light, you may be experiencing vitreous detachment, which requires urgent attention.

Vitreous Detachment Diagnosis

First, it's important to make sure that you have actually suffered a vitreous detachment and determine whether you are also at risk of retinal tears or retinal detachment.

We will listen to your description and see if your symptoms match the symptoms of vitreous detachment. We will conduct a thorough dilated eye exam. We will look at your vitreous for traces of blood, which can be a sign of vitreal hemorrhage, which is more often associated with retinal tears. We will also examine your retina to see if there is any evidence that clinging vitreous has caused retinal tears. About 20% of people with vitreous detachment also have retinal tears.

If the retina is obscured by blood in the vitreous, ultrasonography may be used to determine whether you have any retinal tears or detachments.

Vitreous Detachment Treatment

Because vitreous detachment is not in and of itself a vision-threatening condition, it may not require any treatment. If you have residual clouding, such as from blood in the vitreous, we will recommend reduced activity and sleeping with your head elevated to allow the blood to settle out.

However, up to 5% of people who have vitreous detachment but no retinal tears or detachment will develop them within the next few weeks. It's important that you be aware of the symptoms of retinal detachment and contact us if you experience any of them.

If you do have a retinal detachment, we can begin retinal detachment treatment.

Why Choose California Retina Associates

At California Retina Associates, we have assembled a nationally-recognized team of eye doctors to handle your retinal conditions. We have the most advanced diagnostic and treatment technology available, which allows us to not only provide whatever treatment you need to protect your vision, but also to know when no treatment is necessary.

If you suspect you have suffered vitreous detachment and are in the San Diego or El Centro area, please contact California Retina Associates today.

California Retina Associates


Chula Vista Office
835 Third Avenue, Suite A
Chula Vista, CA 91911
619-425-7755

El Centro Office
1452 South La Brucherie, Suite A
El Centro, CA 92243
760-352-7755