Vitreous Detachment


What Is A Vitreous Detachment

The gel like substance that fills the back of the eye is called the vitreous humor.   As we age, the vitreous changes in consistency shrinking and eventually pulling away from the surface of the retina.

Symptoms Of A Vitreous Detachment

  • floaters
  • flashes of light
  • blurred vision

Causes of Vitreous Detachment

Vitreous detachment is commonly associated with increasing age.  However, eye surgery, inflammatory conditions, trauma, and certain systemic disease can also be associated with vitreous detachment.

If  You Have Sudden Onset of Flashes Or Floaters

If you are first noticing flashes of light and/or floaters or have noticed a change in them – you should have your eyes examined as soon as possible!   Since flashes or light and/or floaters can be caused by potentially blinding conditions, an immediate call to your eye doctor’s office to report your symptoms is recommended.  A delay of even just a day or two can result in permanent vision loss or even blindness.

Treatment For Floaters

At present, there is not a good way to treat floaters and it is generally felt that they are best left alone.  However, a medication called Vitrace by Baush & Lomb and made from ovine testicles (!?!) may be a future treatment for bothersome floaters.


Learn more about vitreous detachment and schedule an appointment today. Gray Family Vision has two greater Portland Maine locationsto serve you in Gray and Windham. Since 1989, we have been serving the entire Lakes Region Area including Auburn, Casco, Bridgeton, Cumberland, Falmouth, Freeport, Fryeburg, Lewiston, Naples, New Gloucester, North Conway, North Yarmouth, Raymond, Sanford, and Yarmouth.