Eye Conditions FAQ
The eye is composed of a clear, jelly-like substance called vitreous. The vitreous composes 80% of the inner space of the eye. This substance is tightly attached to the retina. In some cases, the vitreous separates from the retinal tissue of the eye. This may happen secondary to trauma or surgery. Additionally, the vitreous of the eye becomes thinner and more watery as we age. Thus, the separation of the vitreous from the retina may be a normal occurrence with aging. When the vitreous separates, patients often notice “squiggly lines”, “circles”, or “bugs” floating in their line of sight. As time passes, these symptoms often dissipate. However, in some cases, when the vitreous separates from the retina, it may trigger a pulling sensation or a traction on the retina. This may cause a retinal detachment, which is truly an ocular emergency. Because of this, it is imperative that any patient noticing spots or “floaters” in their vision must contact the doctor immediately.
Vision disorders are the most prevalent handicapping condition of childhood. Because of this, we strongly recommend yearly eye examinations for all school-age children.