The vitreous is a transparent gel
substance filling the back of the eye ball. With age, the vitreous
gel shrinks and separates itself from part of the retina.
Signs and Symptoms
You may notice black ‘floaters’ in your vision
which move with the eye and then settle as the eye rests. You may
also be aware of flashing lights, like little flickers in the periphery.
To look at, the eye will appear normal.
Treatment and Diagnosis
There is no treatment required for posterior
The floaters will gradually disappear but
this may take some time.
The flashing lights should gradually settle
down over the next few days or weeks.
Warning signs of a possible
This may be a warning of a retinal detachment
and you should see a specialist as soon as possible.
A sudden increase in the number of floaters in
A portion of your visual field missing
A curtain coming across the vision