Flashes and Floaters: Posterior Vitreous Detachment

The vitreous is the clear gel-like structure that makes up the bulk of your eye. It is located behind the lens and in front of the retina.
Posterior vitreous detachment is a natural ageing process that causes the vitreous to collapse and separate from the retina. This can cause:

  • floaters to appear in front of your vision.
  • flashing light(s) in your side vision, most obvious in the dusk or dark.

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Posterior vitreous detachment does not cause harm to your eye, but occasionally can be associated with sight-threatening retinal tears. If you develop new floaters or flashing lights, you should be seen promptly by one of our Ophthalmologists at Glaucoma Care.

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