What is it?

Vitreous degeneration is one of the most common eye problems among people aged over 50. The vitreous humor is a gel-like substance that fills the space between the lens and the retina. It is composed of 99% water and 1% structural proteins and helps maintain the shape of the eye and nourish the eye.

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Additional names

This group contains additional names:
- Posterior vitreous detachment

Signs & symptoms

Signs and symptoms of vitreous degeneration are:
- Flashes or streaks of light
- A sudden increase in floaters
- Appearance of a curtain-like shadow


To diagnose vitreous degeneration your ophthalmologist will ask you about your symptoms and medical history. Then he or she will conduct a comphrensive dilated eye exam.During this exam, the ophthalmologist examines the eye including the retina ad vitreous humor inside the eye.


- In mild cases no specific treatment is usually needed for vitreous degeneration.
- In more severe cases when vitreous degeneration is accompanied by retinal tear - treatments mainly involve laser surgery and cryopexy.
- If vitreous degeneration caused by other eye conditions - those conditions must be addressed and corrected first.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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