Jul 17, 2014
The vitreous is a gel-like material that fills the back 2/3rds of the eye. As the vitreous ages, it gradually liquefies and fluid escapes and accumulates over the retinal center called the macula.
This process can go on for a number of years before the vitreous completely separates and detaches from the retina. As the vitreous goes through these changes you may have symptoms of what we call floaters. Floaters are strands of tissue casting tiny shadows on the retina. If you have these symptoms, it is very important to have your eyes examined by an eye doctor to diagnose and rule out a serious eye condition like a macular hole or retinal detachment. Both of these conditions are sight-threatening and should be treated immediately.