Vitreous degeneration results in dark specks, floaters seen as small moving dots or wispy dark spots or lines, or flashing lights.They can be seen when you look at a bright background, such as a white wall or the sky.
What is vitreous?
The vitreous is a gel-like substance that fills the inside of the eye. It helps to keep the eye round and helps to focus light on the retina.
Why does the vitreous degenerate?
As we age, the vitreous starts to shrink and become more watery. This can cause small clumps of cells or protein to float around in the vitreous. These clumps are what we see as eye floaters.
Why do people with vitreous degeneration see spots?
The clumps of cells or protein in the vitreous cast a shadow on the retina, which is the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye. This is what causes us to see the spots.