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Definition of Vitreous Detachment
Vitreous Detachment is the separation of the vitreous humor, the gelatinous substance within the eye, from the retina. Vitreous detachment commonly occurs with advancing age as the vitreous humor thins and takes on more of a liquid consistency.
By itself vitreous detachment is harmless and has no effect on vision, though it typically produces floaters (fragments of tissue that float through the vitreous humor).
Vitreous detachment with accompanying flashes of light or large numbers of floaters may indicate RETINAL DETACHMENT, an ophthalmologic emergency that requires immediate treatment.
See also VITRECTOMY.
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