Within our eyes, there’s a clear jelly-like substance called the vitreous that helps keep the shape of our eyeballs. It is tightly adhered to the lens and the retina within a sac. With age, the vitreous liquefies and it can pull away from the retina, leading to posterior vitreous detachment.

Since the vitreous is attached to the certain areas of the retina tightly, if it pulls too hard, it can create holes or tears that can lead to retinal detachments. In cases of increasing number of floaters, flashes, or a curtain or veil blocking your vision, you should consult an optometrist immediately or go to the closest hospital emergency if your optometrist is unavailable.

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