Vitreous Disease

What is it?

The vitreous is the gel that fills the back of the eye. It undergoes a process of liquefaction as we grow older and invariable decomposes and detaches off the back of the eye. The natural evolution of this tissue with age can pose risks to vision due to the close attachment of this gel to the retina.

Here are some examples of vitreous related diseases:

  • Retinal tear
  • Retinal detachment
  • Retinoschisis
  • Lattice Degeneration
  • Macular Traction
  • Macular Holes


The Institute follows the position statement of the American Society of Retina Specialists Research and Safety in Therapeutics (ASRS ReST) Committee regarding the utility of YAG lasers in the treatment of vitreous floaters. Specifically, there have been no published randomized clinical trials to attest to the safety or efficacy of this therapy. This treatment is considered aesthetic, and is not covered under any universal health insurance plan worldwide. Until evidence becomes available to validate this therapy, we will be unable to offer it at the Institute. 

Hahn P, Schneider EW, Tabandeh H, Wong RW, Emerson GG; American Society of Retina Specialists Research and Safety in Therapeutics (ASRS ReST) Committee. Reported Complications Following Laser Vitreolysis. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2017 Sep 1;135(9):973-976. 


Risk Factors


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If you are suffering from a retinal condition or simply experiencing issues with your vision, our team of experts will be happy to assist you.

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