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Regular floater or vitreous detachment?

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Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery
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As we age, the vitreous jelly pulls away from the retina (a posterior vitreous detachment).
New or worse floaters in your vision or flashing lights or loss of peripheral vision (like a curtain or veil obstructing the vision) could indicate a retinal detachment. These symptoms require an urgent dilated retinal exam. Do not delay.

In brief: See a retina special

As we age, the vitreous jelly pulls away from the retina (a posterior vitreous detachment).
New or worse floaters in your vision or flashing lights or loss of peripheral vision (like a curtain or veil obstructing the vision) could indicate a retinal detachment. These symptoms require an urgent dilated retinal exam. Do not delay.
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
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In brief: Both

Floaters are cellular debris intertwined with the gel filling the space in the back of the eye (the vitreous).
A few can enter the visual space and be seen and are usually benign. As you and your vitreous age, the vitreous can peel off the retina carrying with it some debris and causing light flashes. Since this overlaps with retinal detachment in symptoms, see your ophthalmologist quickly.

In brief: Both

Floaters are cellular debris intertwined with the gel filling the space in the back of the eye (the vitreous).
A few can enter the visual space and be seen and are usually benign. As you and your vitreous age, the vitreous can peel off the retina carrying with it some debris and causing light flashes. Since this overlaps with retinal detachment in symptoms, see your ophthalmologist quickly.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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