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Posterior Vitreous Detachment


Have you ever been lying on your back, looking up at a clear sky and suddenly noticed a slowly moving spec? It probably wasn’t a UFO. More likely, it was a common floater: specks, squiggles or cobwebs caught inside the vitreous gel of our eyes that only gets more prominent with age.

We all have them from birth. As we age, the vitreous tends to shrink away from the retina in the back of the eye, like Jell-O left too long in a bowl. The floaters are actually shadows, cast upon your retina, of protein and cell debris discarded over the years. Most people learn to ignore them, and many will fade away in time. If, however, they obstruct your vision, try looking up and then down to clear them.

In time, the vitreous gel can totally shrink from its structure. This is called posterior vitreous detachment. It usually happens suddenly and may be accompanied by flashes or streaks of light. New floaters may appear. When this happens, it’s important to make an appointment for a dilated exam as soon as possible; if the vitreous pulls away too fast, it can tear the retina. This is a serious problem. It can lead to a detached retina and blindness.

Concerns about seeing spots are only natural, and most of the time it’s just part of the aging process. If you still have questions, talk to San Francisco / East Bay LASIK surgeon Dr. Bansal about any problems you’re experiencing.

At LaserVue Eye Center we provide Posterior Vitreous Detachment. Please call 1.800.527.3745 to schedule your appointment today.

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To our valued patients, colleagues, and friends,

In response to COVID-19 and in accordance with local, state, and federal guidelines we have closed our Mountain View and San Francisco offices. Our Santa Rosa office is closed for routine eye care but is available to see patients on an emergency-only basis.

Any consultations or appointments occurring during the shelter-in-place period will be rescheduled.

If you are experiencing an emergency, please call our Santa Rosa office at 707-522-6200

We will provide updates as they come and be sure to announce our reopening as well in advance as possible. From myself, and on behalf of our team here at LaserVue, we wish you and your families the best and look forward to serving you in the future.

-Jay Bansal & the LaserVue team

San Francisco

LaserVue LASIK and Cataract Center San Francisco
711 Van Ness Ave #320,
San Francisco, CA 94102
Location & Map 1-800-527-3745 1-415-346-5500

Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa Business Location
3540 Mendocino Ave. #200,
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Location & Map 1-800-527-3745 1-707-522-6200

Mountain View

Laservue LASIK Center in Mountain View
1174 Castro St., #112,
Mountain View, CA 94040
Location & Map 1-800-527-3745 1-650-966-0900

Call 1-800-LASER-45 or Schedule a Virtual Consultation