In many instances vitreous detachment — a condition in which the vitreous gel that fills the back of the eye separates from the retina — is asymptomatic. This means that without a comprehensive eye examination with our San Diego retina specialists, you may never be aware of this common age-related disorder.

Alone, vitreous detachment is not a vision-threatening issues. Certain symptoms can be annoying, but not dangerous. However, if vitreous detachment is left untreated, it may lead to advanced vision problems such as retinal detachment or macular hole, which are a threat to your sight. You can therefore understand how early detection of vitreous detachment and proper management of the condition is essential for protecting your long-term vision.

Detecting asymptomatic vitreous detachment is achieved with a dilated pupil examination, a common part of your regular eye exams. If we detect a problem during your exam and diagnose you with vitreous detachment, we can then make recommendations for vitreous detachment treatment and management strategies that may play a crucial role in preventing significant vision loss.

Symptoms of Vitreous Detachment

Vitreous detachment is an age-related disorder that may be more common in people who are nearsighted. Symptoms of this disorder you should be aware of include:

Floaters – As the vitreous shrinks, mostly due to the aging process, it can become stringy. These strands can cast shadows on the retina that resemble spots, circles, spider-webs, clouds, dots or anything else that appears to be floating in or in front of your eye. It is nearly impossible to look directly at a floater, as they usually appear to dart out of the way if you look directly at them.  Several floaters or even just one floater that moves with your eye may indicate other vision disorders as well and should be brought to our attention as soon as possible

Flashes – Another symptom that can indicate a separation of the vitreous from the retina is flashes of bright light, particularly in your peripheral (side) vision. These vision flashes can resemble small streaks of lightening and may be more noticeable in the dark. Like floaters, flashes or flashers are common with many eye diseases and disorders and should be checked out by one of our experienced eye doctors to rule out the possibility of vitreous detachment.

During your visits to our office, we can discuss these symptoms with you and answer any questions about vitreous detachment that you may have.

Are You Experiencing Symptoms of Vitreous Detachment?

The eye doctors at California Retina Associates are internationally known for their expertise in treating retinal and vitreous disorders. Combining state-of-the-art technology with the experience and dedication necessary to detect and treat all levels of vitreous detachment, we can help you address small issues before they become serious problems.

If you are experiencing floaters or flashers, please call (619) 425-7755 or (760) 352-7755, or contact California Retina Associates to schedule a comprehensive eye evaluation today. We have several offices serving patients experiencing vitreous detachment in San Diego and all surrounding Southern California areas.