Vitreous Detachment or Tear

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What is Vitreous Detachment?

Vitreous detachment occurs when the vitreous, a gel-like substance that fills the eye, begins to separate from the retina, the light-sensitive layer at the back of the eye. This condition is common, especially as people age, and while it can cause visual disturbances, it often does not lead to serious complications.

Symptoms of Vitreous Detachment

  • Floaters: Small, dark, moving shapes in your field of vision.
  • Flashes of Light: Brief flashes or streaks of light, especially in peripheral vision.
  • Blurred Vision: Mild blurring of vision.
  • Cobweb-like Vision: Seeing a cobweb or haze over your vision.

Causes and Risk Factors

Vitreous detachment is a natural part of the aging process. As we age, the vitreous gel shrinks and becomes more liquid, eventually pulling away from the retina. Risk factors include:

  • Age: Most common in people over 50.
  • Nearsightedness: Higher risk in those with myopia.
  • Eye Surgery or Trauma: Previous eye surgeries or injuries can increase risk.
  • Inflammation: Conditions like uveitis can contribute to vitreous detachment.


Early diagnosis is crucial for monitoring and managing vitreous detachment to prevent potential complications like retinal tears or detachment. Our clinic provides comprehensive diagnostic services, including:

  • Ophthalmic Examination: Detailed eye examination using slit-lamp biomicroscopy.
  • Ultrasound: To visualize the vitreous and retina.
  • Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT): High-resolution imaging to assess the retina and vitreous.

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