Vitreous Detachment

What is Vitreous?

The large space toward the back of your eye between the lens and the retina is called vitreous space. It is filled with material which has the consistency of a soft, clear jelly.

What is Vitreous Detachment?

The vitreous is tightly attached to the outer wall of the eye or the retina. With time the vitreous tends to shrink and pull away from the retina. This pulling away may be accompanied by the sensation of flashing lights or black spots. These black spots tend to move around and come and go. They are often called floaters. The technical term for these black spots is called vitreous detachment.

When the floaters first occur, especially when they are associated with flashes of light, there is a very small chance of a more serious problem occurring – that is, a retinal detachment. If you were to develop a retinal detachment, there would be a sudden, profound decrease in your vision, like a curtain coming down over the vision. However, the chances of a retinal detachment occurring are about 1 in 10,000.

If you ever experiene flashes of light or the black spots, or a sudden, profound decrease in your vision, like a curtain coming down over your vision, call Quigley Eye Specialists right away.

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Fort Myers
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Fort Myers

Quigley Eye Specialists
6091 South Pointe Blvd.
Fort Myers, FL 33919

(P): (239) 466-2020
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Cape Coral
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Cape Coral

Quigley Eye Specialists
1138 Country Club Blvd
Cape Coral, FL 33990

(P): (239) 458-5800
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Naples
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Naples

Quigley Eye Specialists
675 Piper Blvd
Naples, FL 34110

(P): (239) 594-7636
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Bonita Springs
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Bonita Springs

Quigley Eye Specialists
3940 Via Del Rey
Bonita Springs, FL 34134

(P): (239) 992-5666
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Port Charlotte
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Port Charlotte

Quigley Eye Specialists
20600 Veterans Blvd
Port Charlotte, FL 33954

(P): (941) 766-7474
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Arcadia
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Arcadia

Quigley Eye Specialists
330 N Brevard Ave
Arcadia, FL 34266

(P): (863) 993-2020
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Lehigh Acres
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Lehigh Acres

Quigley Eye Specialists
5220 Lee Blvd
Lehigh Acres, FL 33971

(P): (239) 368-3838
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Punta Gorda
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Punta Gorda

Quigley Eye Specialists
2529 Tamiami Trail
Punta Gorda, FL 33950

(P): (941) 639-2020
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