is a Retinal Specialist?
What is the Retina
and the Vitreous?
The central part of the retina, the macula, is the part of the retina that allows us to read and see sharply. The rest of the retina is concerned with peripheral vision. The retina is nourished by a multitude of small blood vessels. Immediately in front of the retina, filling the inside of the eye is a clear, jelly-like substance called the vitreous.
What can happen to
the retina and vitreous to reduce my vision?
If a tear develops in the retina, fluid may leak under the retina and peel the retina off the back of the eye. This is called a retina detachment and can result in total blindness if left untreated.
The vitreous, which is normally clear, may become cloudy because of inflammation from bleeding. Floaters, which are tiny opacities in the vitreous, are common. Occasionally, however, an increase in the amount of floaters may be the first symptom of a retinal tear or other problems.