The vitreous is a jelly-like substance that adheres to the retina. As we get older, the vitreous shrinks in size and pulls away from the retina. We call this a posterior vitreous detachment. This shrinkage of the vitreous can cause flashes of light and floaters. Sometimes, the vitreous pulls too hard on the retina and causes a tear in the retina. A retinal tear can lead to a retinal detachment.
- See your eye specialist to determine what the cause of the Flashes and Floaters are.
- If a retinal tear is found on examination, this should be treated with either laser therapy or cryopexy right away to help prevent a retinal detachment.
As with all procedures, the risks, benefits, and alternatives must always be considered.
In order to have our services easily accessible, we make ourselves available in a number of Chicago area locations, each site organized to support only the care of retina patients. All offices are open Mon. - Fri., 8:30 a.m. - 5:00p.m. We are also available after hours and on weekends, by appointment, for those patients unable to come during regular hours.SEE ALL LOCATIONS