Vitreous Degeneration

The vitreous humor (also known simply as the vitreous) is the gel that fills the space between the lens and the retina of the eyeball. It is a clear, gel-like substance and 2-4 times thicker than water. Ninety-nine percent of its volume is water. Vitreous helps the eye maintain its shape and refracts lights. Should suspension occurs, patients are likely to see dark spot floating (floaters) which is mostly found in patients above 40 years or sooner in very shortsighted cases or history of severe eye injury.

Patients are likely to see dark spot floating which become more visible when the background is white, or looking into the sky or sea.
  1. Suspension in vitreous humor is a natural process mostly found at the age of 40 and above, or sooner in shortsighted cases.
  2. History of eye injury.
  3. Chronic eye inflammation.
When vitreous floater occurs, patients tend to see flashing in the eye, especially in the dark. In worse case scenarios, detachment could occur.
Obtain medical history, eye checking and pupillary dilation, ophthalmic equipment might be used.
If it is only the degeneration of the vitreous humor, no treatment is needed, but patients need to regularly visit the ophthalmologist. In case of tearing or detachment of the retina, treatment is needed as it could affect the patient’s vision.
If you happen to see cobweb or flashing in the eye more and more, experience changes in the vision, or blurred vision, please visit the ophthalmologist even before the appointment.

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